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Saddam Hussein And The Crisis In The Gulf
Saddam Hussein And The Crisis In The Gulf
By Judith Miller and Laurie Mylroie
Times Books, 1990, 268 pp.

This combined work of a journalist for The New York Times and a Harvard scholar is neither a biography of Saddam nor a history of Iraq but has elements of both and serves the purpose of giving the general reader a broad and fairly solid background for understanding the crisis in the gulf. There is a bit of everything here on the Middle East-Saddam's record of violence, the Iran-Iraq War, the oil industry, terrorism, Iraq's use of poison gas and the significance of Kuwait, topped off with a critique of American policy-all put together with some signs of haste.