In this work, the author draws on his own knowledge of and extensive contacts within the Arab world to produce both a thorough biography and a psychological profile of the most powerful and unpredictable man in the world today. He explains why Saddam behaves as he does by suggesting that his life has been marked by a series of personal quests: for recognition after being orphaned and brought up by a destitute uncle; for control of his country; for leadership of the Arab world; for mastery of the technology of destruction, and the fight for Iraq's survival.
Said K. Aburish was born in the biblical village of Bethany near Jerusalem in 1935. He has been a consultant to two Arab governments, and is now a journalist and author living in London. His books include Children of Bethany; The Rise, Corruption and Coming Fall of the House of Saud; and Arafat: From Defender to Dictator.