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Nicknamed “mad man of the Middle East,” Saddam Hussein ruled over Iraq from 1979 until his capture in 2003. An international coalition led by the U.S. invaded Iraq seeking to end Saddam Hussein’s support for terrorism, destroy his weapons of mass destruction, and free the Iraqi people. The war lasted 8 years, 8 months, and 26 days. Afterward, fingers were pointed about the existence of Iraq’s WMDs: Where and how did the U.S. get bad intel? Why did Hussein lie? Pulitzer Prize winner Steve Coll untangles Operation Iraqi Freedom in his new book “The Achilles Trap: Saddam Hussein, the C.I.A, and the Origins of America’s Invasion of Iraq.
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Steve Coll is the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Ghost Wars and dean emeritus of the Columbia Journalism School, and from 2007 to 2013 was president of New America, a public policy institute in Washington, DC. He is an editor at The Economist in London, was a staff writer at The New Yorker for nearly two decades, and before that was a writer and editor at The Washington Post, where he received a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism in 1990. He is the author of nine books, including The Bin Ladens, Private Empire, and Directorate S.
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