Face to face with the Middle East’s most feared dictator

Face to face with the Middle East’s most feared dictator
Saddam Hussein in court in 2004 Pic: Getty

A damning account of a CIA agent's time as Saddam Hussein’s chief interrogator

Politics: Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein, By John Nixon, Bantam Press, €19.55

During the invasion of Iraq in 2003, some CIA agents liked to tell the following black joke about Saddam Hussein. The dictator’s body doubles are all summoned to his presidential palace, where an adviser tells them there is good news and bad news. “The good news is that our leader has survived the latest bombing raid, and you all...

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