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In a white-knuckle thriller, Khidhir Hamza, who spent twenty years developing Iraq's atomic weapon, recounts his life in Saddam Hussein's inner circle and his daring flight to the West.
Taking readers into the darkest corners of a regime ruled by a volatile, brutal leader, Dr. Hamza, the only defector who has lived to write a firsthand portrait of Iraq, also presents an unprecedented portrait of Saddam -- his drunken rages, his women, his cold-blooded murder of underlings, and his unrivaled power. If pushed to the wall, Saddam will use the bomb that Dr. Hamza helped create.
From the relentless dangers Dr. Hamza endured in Iraq to his harrowing flight across three continents and his first encounter with skeptical CIA agents who turned him away, "Saddam's Bombmaker" is a true-to-life thriller as rich in danger, intrigue, and personal courage as a well-crafted spy novel.
ContentsIntroduction1. Escape2. Roots in the Sand3. Going Home4. The Secret5. The Life of the Party6. Crunch Time7. Accidents Will Happen8. Spies and Lies9. The Inside Game10. The Invisible Empire11. Getting the Goods12. The Winds of War13. Aftermath14. The Fugitive15. In from the ColdEpilogue: End GameAppendix: Behind the Scenes with the Iraqi Nuclear BombIndex
Khidhir Hamza, a graduate M.I.T and Florida State University, is a Senior Fellow with the Institute for Science and International Security and a consultant for the US Department of Energy. In 1971, he was forced by Saddam Hussein to head Iraq's nuclear weapons programme.
Publishers Weekly, starred review Hamza indicts Iraq under Saddam, painting a detailed and convincing portrait of what it's like to live in a country under a violent dictator. Of the broadest interest to a wide spectrum of readers concerned about the fate of the world in the nuclear age. John Dinges author of Assassination on Embassy Row A true spy adventure that rivals The Great Escape. The story of one man's terrible secret, his conscience, and his drive to avert what would have been one of the century's epic crimes. William E. Odom The Washington Post Written in an easy journalistic style...not only stranger but frequently bloodier than fiction. Barbara Crossette The New York Times Book Review Gripping and unsettling...the rare account of the life of the privileged in Saddam Hussein's Iraq.