A fascinating book - certainly not pro-US policy but very balanced and journalistic. The main part of the book looks at post 1991 Iraq, although the countrty's history and that of Saddam is also covered. What emerges reads like a cross between "Inside the Third Reich" by Will Shirer and "The Godfather". Saddam and his immediate family have absolute power, not just politically but over every aspect of society - they are the law. The attempts at overthrowing the regime (there have been several) are described, and some are completely farcical. None has come close to being successful, and an internal coup would seem highly unlikely as Saddam has informers everywhere and is a master of intrigue. His 2 sons are if anything more megalomaniacal than he is and there is no hope for simply waiting for Saddam to die - his dynasty would continue. The book concludes with the words "the only thing Saddam is afraid of is a land invasion". Without going into the pro-anti war arguments this book is fascinating and should be required reading for anyone that asks what the war in Iraq is all about.