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The Outlaw State: Saddam Hussein's Quest for Power and the Gulf Crisis

Sciolino, Elaine

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ISBN 10: 0471542997 / ISBN 13: 9780471542995
Published by Wiley, New York, 1991
Condition: very good, very good
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25 cm, 320, illus., map, appendix, chronology, bibliography, index, top edge soiled. Bookseller Inventory # 23408

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Title: The Outlaw State: Saddam Hussein's Quest for...

Publisher: Wiley, New York

Publication Date: 1991

Book Condition: very good, very good

Edition: First Printing.

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The shooting war is over in the Persian Gulf. However, the war of words about it is only now beginning. Elaine Sciolino, who has covered the Middle East during the past decade for ``The New York Times'', fires the opening salvo in an effort to explain and analyze how the war came about. She first warned us about Saddam Hussein in 1985 in an article for The New York Times Magazine. Now she tells us how Saddam came to power; why he invaded Kuwait, what effects the war's outcome will have; and what happens to the region's balance of power with Saddam's army destroyed.

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Sciolino, the diplomatic correspondent for the New York Times , demonstrates a keen eye for interpreting events in today's Iraq. Her easy-to-follow account of Saddam Hussein's rise to power and the events that led to the Persian Gulf War is strengthened by her on-the-scene reporting and material gathered through interviews with a host of Iraqi, American, and Middle Eastern key players. In addition to chronicling the war and its aftermath, Sciolino also illustrates how the West before the war helped Iraq build its vast military machine. Unfortunately, her book is replete with what seems to be the obligatory Iraq-bashing hyperbolic statements that characterize many of the recently published books on Iraq and Saddam Hussein. Despite this weakness, it is recommended for public and academic library collections. Previewed in "The Gulf War in Print," LJ 3/15/91.--Ed.
-Nader Entessar, Spring Hill Coll., Mobile, Ala.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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