A nice and concise biography about the Iraqi leader.
Yet Coughlin seems to base a lot of his facts on excerpts from other authors, mainly Cockburn.
And I found quite some factual errors. Example: King Feisal the second had no wife that fell upon him, when he was gunned down; he was only engaged. Some arabic translations, such as the name Saddam as "he who confronts" is not correct. Coughlin listed Haitham Hussein as a participant of the 1979 anti-coup, but fails to reveal the nature of that "coup" other than Haitham fired a gun at his fathers house. There were several others, but I haven't made a record, just remembered those errors kept coming up.
It's a shame, as the book covers most of the main events of the life of Saddam.
Perhaps Coughlin should re-write the book, correct the errors and update with recent events.