Debriefing the President

Debriefing the President

The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein

Book - 2016
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Penguin Putnam
A riveting, revealing and newsmaking account of the CIA's interrogation of Saddam Hussein, written by the CIA agent who conducted the questioning. 

"Mr. Nixon, the first C.I.A. officer to interrogate Hussein after his capture in December 2003, reveals gobsmacking facts about that deposed Iraqi leader that raise new questions about why the United States bothered to invade Iraq to oust him from power. These details will likely appall Americans who have watched their nation’s blood and treasure wasted in Iraq ever since…. More broadly, Mr. Nixon offers a stinging indictment of the C.I.A. and what he sees as the agency’s dysfunctional process for providing intelligence to the president and other policy makers…. Mr. Nixon’s book comes at an extraordinary moment, when President-elect Donald J. Trump is already at war with the C.I.A….“Debriefing the President” will add fuel to the fire of the Trump-led criticism. It will also send a chilling warning to anyone counting on the C.I.A. to stand up to Mr. Trump once he is in office.” – James Risen, The New York Times
“Gripping…Nixon’s book, Debriefing the President, gives more ammunition to the skeptics; indeed, some of its contents can only be described as sensational.” – John Cassidy, The New Yorker

"Nixon captures the psychological give-and-take of these exchanges [with Saddam Hussein] with gripping readability...and he describes the resultant verbal sparring with a sharp ear for nuance." – Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor

"A damning indictment of the perversion of a major intelligence service by little minds inside and above it." –The Times of London

            Debriefing the President presents an astounding, candid portrait of one of our era’s most notorious strongmen. Nixon, the first man to conduct a prolonged interrogation of Hussein after his capture, offers expert insight into the history and mind of America’s most enigmatic enemy. After years of parsing Hussein’s leadership from afar, Nixon faithfully recounts his debriefing sessions and subsequently strips away the mythology surrounding an equally brutal and complex man. His account is not an apology, but a sobering examination of how preconceived ideas led Washington policymakers—and the Bush White House—astray. Unflinching and unprecedented, Debriefing the President exposes a fundamental misreading of one of the modern world’s most central figures and presents a new narrative that boldly counters the received account.

Baker & Taylor
The first man to conduct a prolonged interrogation of Saddam Hussein after his capture explains why preconceived ideas about the dictator led Washington policymakers and the Bush White House astray.

Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, 2016
ISBN: 9780399575815
Branch Call Number: 956.7044 NIX
Characteristics: 242 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 20, 2017

A good read. Most of the books written about the last invasion of Iraq have given the intelligence community a bad rap. In this book the author reveals how intelligence is gathered and sometime tailored to suit the objectives of an ignorant decision maker.

Jan 13, 2017

Hmmm. . . .// Nixon has worked as an international risk consultant in Abu Dhabi, UAE \\
I'm familiar with that wealthy country - - they do homemade snuff films there using female infidels, usually American bleached blondes? Great job, Nixon!
From Carter to the present, the US administrations have worked diligently to destroy every secular Muslim country in the Middle East and have pretty much succeeded with the present turmoil in Syria [the USA, UK, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey worked in conjunction and managed to give us ISIS and provide aid to al Qaeda in Syria - - bravo!!!!].
More mindless books from too many former CIA twerps who only add to the problem!
The question is NOT why Americans vote against their best interests; the question is why have so many American presidential administrations behaved contrary to the best interests of Americans??? [And other civilized groups and peoples?]
[As a member of Jimmy Carter's first - - and successful - - presidential campaign, I certainly don't recall Carter ever promising any audiences that he would remove federal anti-usury regulations nor destroy secular Muslim countries such as Afghanistan?]


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