The Prisoner in His Palace

  • by Will Bardenwerper
  • Narrated by Danny Campbell
  • 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A book that, in the haunting tradition of In Cold Blood and The Executioner's Song, lifts away the top layer of evil and finds complexity beneath, this is the bizarre tale of 12 young American soldiers who are deployed to Iraq in the summer of 2006. Rather than fight the enemy in combat, the men are unexpectedly assigned to guard the country's notorious leader - Saddam Hussein - in the months leading to his execution.
Living alongside and caring for their "high-value detainee" in a former palace dubbed The Rock and regularly transporting him to his raucous trial, many of the men begin questioning some of their most basic assumptions.
Thoroughly researched and provocative, The Prisoner in His Palace contrasts two very different Saddams: the defiant younger man who uses torture and murder as tools and the older man who proves affectionate, charming, and unexpectedly courageous in the face of looming death. In this artfully constructed narrative, Saddam, the "man without a conscience", manages to get everyone around him to examine theirs. Many of those who bid good-bye to Saddam will be forever changed by the experience, and we wonder if we ourselves will.

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The Human Side of a Brutal Dictator

I like this book which showed the imprisonment, trial and execution of Saddam Hassan from the perspective of the 12 U.S soldiers assigned to guard him during this time period with the back drop of the Iraq invasion.

It was an amazing book to me because you see the human side of Saddam a narcissist psychopath but who developed a bilateral friendship with these guards. A man who could kill his own people but save the crusts from his breakfast to feed the birds at the palace which became his prison. I know it sounds crazy but You kind of end up being inspired by Saddam Hassan in a way because of his life style and the relationship with these guards during this time period. The author takes you right up to, the point of and the time after his execution almost as if you are walking the steps of the gallows with him. It was interesting to me as to the way he died and the way he lived as well as his outlook on life during this time period.

I would highly recommend the book. It's an original.
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- Douglas

I don't know what to say

Behind every prisoner, murderer ,monster, dictator, a hidden human and you just need find it
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- MESHAL ALSALEM

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-06-2017
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio