The Downfall of Saddam Hussein: Misjudgments, Paranoia & A Secret with Steve Coll

Season 1 | Episode 74
32m | Feb 28, 2024

This week, Anthony talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steve Coll about his brand-new book, The Achilles Trap: Saddam Hussein, the C.I.A., and the Origins of America's Invasion of Iraq.

With access to new and unpublished documents, Steve analyzes the power dynamics, lost opportunities and misunderstandings that fueled the United States invasion of Iraq in 2003. Painting a comprehensive picture of Saddam Hussein, a paranoid man that was convinced the world was out to get him and acted accordingly. Steve discusses the attempted assassination of President George H.W. Bush; the burden Saddam faced from his family; Saddam’s complacency, misconceptions and more…

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