Hell Is Over: Voices of the Kurds after Saddam, An Oral History

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As Saddam Hussein goes to trial, a chilling testimony to his unrelenting brutality.

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Long oppressed and cruelly treated, the Kurds are the world’s largest ethnic group without their own nation. Kurds, who today live in a mountainous area that extends over Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria, are a fiercely proud and culturally rich people whose history is indelibly marred by political machinations and betrayal.
Saddam Hussein and his Ba’athist party have brutally oppressed the Kurds of northern Iraq; his systematic attempts to annihilate them included mass murders, gassing of entire Kurdish villages, torture, imprisonment, rape, and bombings.
Justification for the 2003 invasion of Iraq will likely be subject to worldwide debate for years to come, but one fact remains clear: the war had a moral component, to liberate millions from Saddam’s totalitarian rule. For the Kurds of northern Iraq, there is no ambivalence about American involvement. The war brought them one step closer to freedom.
Here is the first inside perspective on what it was like to endure the horrors of Saddam Hussein.
In Hell Is Over: Voices of the Kurds After Saddam, author Mike Tucker offers frank and evocative accounts of the Kurdish people, from veterans of the Kurdish uprising, the Revolution of 1961, to members of the peshmerga who helped U.S. forces quickly take key northern cities. Hell Is Over is a testimony to the anguish of political prisoners, survivors of chemical attacks, and victims of torture. Tucker also offers readers the unbridled joy and optimism of Kurdish artists and poets and of old warriors who now look forward to putting down the guns they’ve carried for decades.
Hell Is Over is the moving narrative of a long-suffering nation, chillingly told one precious individual at a time.

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Mike Tucker is a Marine infantry veteran and author. In 2003 he journeyed throughout Iraqi Kurdistan interviewing Kurds from all walks of life; he remained in-country for nearly fourteen months. His account of actions with US Army troops and Special Forces in Mosul and Fallujah, AMONG WARRIORS IN IRAQ, was published by the Lyons Press in April 2005. He is presently in Afghanistan as an embedded author, with American paratroopers and Special Forces, from April 2005-April 2006

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