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The Devil's Double Original Book [Kindle Edition]

Latif Yahia
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Book Description

THE DEVIL’S DOUBLE:
is the first of 3 autobiographical books chronicling Latif Yahia’s incredible life story.
It vividly describes how Latif was forced to become Uday Hussein’s ‘fidai’ (body double) and gives a unique insight into the extreme extravagance and cruelty of the Saddam regime.
Latif survived assassination attempts and witnessed Uday’s psychotic temper, rapes, orgy parties, torture atrocities, and sadistic murders. The book has recently been made into a highly acclaimed movie.

THE BLACK HOLE:
gives a fascinating account of what happened to Latif in Europe after he escaped from Iraq. How he was treated by western governments and the CIA. How Uday sought revenge on Latif and vice-versa. How he was offered a British passport by Saudis to murder a dissident and how they beheaded Latif’s Saudi princess lover. How Latif made and lost a fortune. How he strived in vain for a peaceful life and survived 4 more assassination attempts.

Forty Shades of Conspiracy:
brings Latif’s story right up to date by detailing his time in Ireland. His run-ins with drug-dealers, Corrupt Irish Garda officers and Irish politicians who continually denied him Irish citizenship.
His despair as a beggar on the streets and the happiness he found after he met the love of his life. His reaction to Uday and Saddam’s deaths and his opinion on the current political situation in Iraq all makes fascinating reading.

Book Description:
In 1987, Latif Yahia was taken to Saddam's headquarters to meet Uday, Saddam's eldest son, and told that a great honour had been bestowed upon him: that because of the great likeness between them, he had been chosen to be Uday's double.
For many Iraqis it would have been the highlight of their lives, but for Latif, a peace-loving man who did not agree with Saddam's brutal regime, it was not. He refused. Following a week of torture, and realising he would be killed if he continued to refuse, Latif was forced to accept the role.
After a gruesome training programme during which he was made to watch over thirty films of torture, hours of tapes of Uday, and undertake a final remodelling of his appearance, Latif was deemed ready.
But it was only after the final test, a meeting with Saddam himself, that Latif made his first public appearance. And so began his life as Uday's double - a life on the perimeter of the inner circle of Saddam's eldest son, a witness to the horror of his insane life of debauchery, excess and brutality, and an experience for which he almost paid with his life on more than one occasion.

From The Publisher:
Latif Yahia has never attained citizenship from another country, still stateless since his flight from Iraq in 1992, he attributes this to the fact that he refused to work with intelligence services against his country. There should be a distinction made between Saddam and Iraq, being against the invasion of Iraq in 2003 did not mean that he was for Saddam, he opposed the war because he knew what it would do to the Iraqi people and the country as a whole and also who would be appoionted Iraq’s new leaders and what they too were capable of. At the beginning of the invasion, Latif Yahia warned the American led forces that ‘they may remove one Saddam but they would create one hundred and they may remove one Uday but make one hundred more’. This has been proved by recent events in Iraq, After his flight from Iraq Latif Yahia was considered by Saddam and the regime to be a Traitor, now within the new government he is considered to be a collaborator.
A no win situation.

You may or may not be aware that Mr. Yahia is donating his royalties from all sales of the book, to the Iraqi children Orphaned by the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the subsequent war.


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In Iraq, where political leaders have traditionally been the targets of assassination, there exists an institution called fidai (body double). The author, who bore a remarkable resemblance to Saddam Hussein's oldest son, Uday, was pulled out of the front lines during the Iran-Iraq War and transformed into an exact likeness of Uday. From that vantage point he was, he reports, privy to all the machinations and horrific excesses perpetrated on the Iraqi people by the family and government of Saddam Hussein. After serving in that capacity from 1987 to 1991, Yahia was imprisoned and tortured before being released?then fled to Europe, where he still lives. The author's message seems to be a warning to the rest of the world: If you thought Saddam was a cruel tyrant, just wait until Uday takes over! Although this work is easy enough to read, it is filled with graphic details of torture, murder, and rape. Recommended only for large collections in the subject area.? --David P. Snider, Casa Grande P.L., Ariz. --Library Journal

I found this one of the most interesting but also disurbing tales I have ever read. It gives a very interesting insight into the life of a body double in probably the most dangerous place on earth but also gives details into the mind of one of the most power crazy but yet curiously insecure men alive, Sadam Hussein. It make the reader feel quite nervous due to the fact that the events are actually true. Brilliantly written. A must for any biography fan. --F. O'brein CBS

This is The Story of A man who knows too Much... He Looted Kuwait, Survived Assassina - Tion Attempts, and was at his Boss Uday Hussein's Side During Some of Iraq's Grisliest Moments. --D. Smith, WALL STREET JOURNAL.

I found this one of the most interesting but also disurbing tales I have ever read. It gives a very interesting insight into the life of a body double in probably the most dangerous place on earth but also gives details into the mind of one of the most power crazy but yet curiously insecure men alive, Sadam Hussein. It make the reader feel quite nervous due to the fact that the events are actually true. Brilliantly written. A must for any biography fan. --F. O'brein CBS

This is The Story of A man who knows too Much... He Looted Kuwait, Survived Assassina - Tion Attempts, and was at his Boss Uday Hussein's Side During Some of Iraq's Grisliest Moments. --D. Smith, WALL STREET JOURNAL.

I found this one of the most interesting but also disurbing tales I have ever read. It gives a very interesting insight into the life of a body double in probably the most dangerous place on earth but also gives details into the mind of one of the most power crazy but yet curiously insecure men alive, Sadam Hussein. It make the reader feel quite nervous due to the fact that the events are actually true. Brilliantly written. A must for any biography fan. --F. O'brein CBS

This is The Story of A man who knows too Much... He Looted Kuwait, Survived Assassina - Tion Attempts, and was at his Boss Uday Hussein's Side During Some of Iraq's Grisliest Moments. --D. Smith, WALL STREET JOURNAL.

I found this one of the most interesting but also disurbing tales I have ever read. It gives a very interesting insight into the life of a body double in probably the most dangerous place on earth but also gives details into the mind of one of the most power crazy but yet curiously insecure men alive, Sadam Hussein. It make the reader feel quite nervous due to the fact that the events are actually true. Brilliantly written. A must for any biography fan. --F. O'brein CBS

This is The Story of A man who knows too Much... He Looted Kuwait, Survived Assassina - Tion Attempts, and was at his Boss Uday Hussein's Side During Some of Iraq's Grisliest Moments. --D. Smith, WALL STREET JOURNAL.

I found this one of the most interesting but also disurbing tales I have ever read. It gives a very interesting insight into the life of a body double in probably the most dangerous place on earth but also gives details into the mind of one of the most power crazy but yet curiously insecure men alive, Sadam Hussein. It make the reader feel quite nervous due to the fact that the events are actually true. Brilliantly written. A must for any biography fan. --F. O'brein CBS

This is The Story of A man who knows too Much... He Looted Kuwait, Survived Assassina - Tion Attempts, and was at his Boss Uday Hussein's Side During Some of Iraq's Grisliest Moments. --D. Smith, WALL STREET JOURNAL.

Book Description

The true story of the man forced to be the double of Saddam Hussein's eldest son (2003-05-13)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 703 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Arcanum Media Group; 1 edition (15 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009SFWLXM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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185 of 185 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST BOOK FROM MR.YAHIA 30 Jun. 2003
Having read different titles about Saddam and his regime, especially after 11/09/01 I have found this book "THE DEVIL'S DOUBLE" to have painted the most acurate and discriptive picture of life in the Saddam Clan.
It offered a look into the everyday workings of the Iraqi
Tyrant and of course his notorious son. From the start, you are under no illusion of the lengths that were taken to ensure the "family's" safety not to mention the unbridled brutality that Uday Saddam Hussein is notorious for.
An interesting fact is that Uday was always a callous and sadistic person, he did not develop his penchant for torture overnight, it was a culmination of bad deeds over the years that brought his true disregard for human life and dignity to the fore. As his behaviour went unchecked his passion for brutality grew.
Having seen the author Dr. Latif Yahia on BBC Channel's Breakfast with Frost on Sunday 15/06/03, I have had to ask myself why this man was not asked to share his knowledge of the Iraqi Regime, surely it would have been of benefit to the Government and possibly they would not have ended in the quagmire that they are in now.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book on several levels and await a sequel, I'm sure the story doesn't just end at the authors flight from Iraq.
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185 of 185 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved This Tabloid Tell All 9 July 2003
By Kristen
It's a guilty pleasure. You can't put it down. Written in a tabloid journalistic style. Very interesting and true. It is about the "trauma and shock" this guy goes through because he happens to resemble Saddam's son and is coerced into playing the part. He saw a bird's eye view of this unspeakably evil psychopath dictator and his son's lifestyle, or deathstyle. He goes from perks and pleasure to torture, is reeling between the two and can't escape. Gives a real feel to what life is like in this kind of dictatorship hell. A psychological thriller and lesson for all.
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188 of 188 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THANKS TO MR YAHIA FROM BAGHDAD 14 Sept. 2003
Chilling. The more of this book I read, the more I wanted to know. Saddam has already cemented himself a permanent place in history alongside other despots such as Pol Pot, Lenin, Stalin, and Idi Amin. Uday Saddam Hussein, the elder son, was apparently determined to exceed his father's proclivity toward torture and summary executions when he [presumably] succeeded Dear Old Dad. This is the tale of Uday's "double" and his life before, during, and after his role as a decoy for Iraq's hated tyrant-in-waiting.
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184 of 184 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating book 14 Nov. 2003
This book corroborates many of the horrors I have read about the Ba'athist regime in Iraq. It gives an excellent picture of Saddam's regime and maybe a better understanding of the kind of man (and his family) who builds palaces and weapons of mass destruction while his people starves. Interested in the Middle East? The Gulf War? This one is a must.
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184 of 184 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No.1 Book 30 Jun. 2003
Latif Yahias account of his ordeal at the hands of sadist Oday Hussien is one of the most accurate accounts I have read concerning this family. He is an extremely brave man for coming out and revealing the horrific details of a brutal regime. His reliability must have been scrupuously checked as he has the documents to prove this. A must read.
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186 of 186 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No.1 Book from Iraq 4 July 2003
By Diana
This book reveals the underground mysteries of the Saddam Hussein empire and the way it affects the citizens of Iraq. It also reveals the agony that Latif Yahia went through as Uday's Hussein double and bodyguard. I reccommend this book for people that are looking for an exclusive look at how an empire of corrupt ruler works..
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189 of 190 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book for Film 11 Oct. 2003
Mr.Latif Yahya has seen things most people cannot even imagine. As a double for Uday Hussein, son and possible successor of Saddam, Latif witnessed acts of depravity and torture that almost sound like something out of a Marquis de Sade novel. This book will open your eyes to the relative value of human life; to the ruling elite of Iraq, people are as expendable as bad batteries. Yahya himself endured harsh torments at the hands of a man who called him a "brother"- one can only, with a great deal of dread, contemplate the atrocities meted out to enemies. After reading this book, I came to the conclusion that the only thing worse than Saddam is his oldest brat, and I would personally throttle the life out of that demon myself if given the opportunity. Even if only a fraction of it is true (and I believe most of it is accurate, as I've seen several of the tales about Uday in other sources), the entire Saddam Hussein regime is following nicely down the path paved by the likes of Hitler and Stalin. The big difference is that the Iraqi government is doing these things, as we speak. Enjoy this book, but pray to whatever god you choose that Uday Hussein does not come to power.
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182 of 183 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one off the Best Books 3 Jan. 2006
This book frightens the reader deeply, a view of a country, whose regime transformed it into the forecourt of hell. If one would like to experience more, over those, which were involved in this grey one, then this book is the correct entrance. A deep view into the abysses of a state, whose powerful one extracted itself from the humanity.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Devils double
Truly deserved to escape those evil clutches!! What a nightmare for him to be so unfortunate.... Hard reading but fascinating insight into the evil people can do.
Published 20 days ago by Karen from Birmingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
EXCELLENT BOOK, MANY PARTS OF THIS BOOK AND THE SEQUEL ARE UNBELIEVABLE TO THE WESTERN WORLD
Published 4 months ago by yvonne110
3.0 out of 5 stars entertaining but barely believable
Entertaining insight in to the horrors of Saddam's clan. Latif's 'self-loathing' was hollow though and you feel the truth was stretched at certain points.
Published 4 months ago by MR T A BROOME
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good.
Published 7 months ago by Clive Westfield
3.0 out of 5 stars A gripping insight into an infamous regime
A genuinely fascinating account. As some other commenters have noted, the style of writing is poor, however I can forgive that due to English not being the original language; it... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. S. Mole
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent account of Latif's experience at the hands of very powerful characters. This is truly shocking and inspiring at the same time. Read more
Published 12 months ago by green
4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic story, poorly put together
I would have given this book 5 stars if the editor had even taken a few hours to use punctuation and proper translation. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Peace-Pilgrim
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Not one for Bio's but read this as had been recommended it. Must admit started to hate him then felt sorry for him then hated him again
Published 15 months ago by Mr F Pine
3.0 out of 5 stars The devil's double
I liked it!! Not a book I would normally read so was pleasantly surprise that it grabbed me and kept me hooked.
Published 15 months ago by MJ
5.0 out of 5 stars really good read
This book had me gripped from the start. I found it really interesting and would recommend it to anyone. It really opened my eyes of what went on!
Published 16 months ago by Nicole Collins
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