Dr. Hamza also presents a startling, unprecedented portrait of Saddam himself, his drunken rages, his women, his fear of germs, and his cold-blooded murder of underlings.
Saddam's Bombmaker is also a saga of one man's journey through the circles of hell. Educated at MIT and Florida State University, dedicated to a life of peaceful teaching in America, Dr. Hamza relates how the regime ordered him home, seduced him into a pampered life as an atomic energy official, and forced him to design a bomb. The price of refusal was torture. The tale of his escape, his first bungled contact with CIA agents, and his flight abroad will keep listeners riveted toward a climax worthy of a well-crafted spy thriller.
©2002 Khidhir Hamza; (P)2002 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Gripping and unsettling...a rare account of privilege...with big houses, expensive cars, glittering restaurants." (The New York Times Book Review)
I was initially fascinated with the story until I did a brief internet search of Khidhir Hamza and found out that he has been largely discredited as being a significant player in Saddam's nuclear program. Yet I continued to listen to this audiobook and enjoyed it for what it is, historical fiction.
The book was very well written, yet I would not listen to other programs by these authors because I don't think either one of them has any credibility.
The narrator was excellent, his performance was consistent and fluid.
I watched the movie Devil's Double about Uday Hussein's double, who has also been discredited and enjoyed it. I would see this movie.
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