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Book review: debriefing the president: the interrogation of Saddam Hussein by John Nixon

Devanny, Joe (2017) Book review: debriefing the president: the interrogation of Saddam Hussein by John Nixon. LSE Review of Books (16 Feb 2017). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

In Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein, John Nixon tells the fascinating story of Saddam Hussein’s capture and interrogation. At the same time, writes Joe Devanny, Nixon excoriates the George W. Bush administration’s approach to intelligence and policy in the build-up to the Iraq war. This is a short, highly readable book, suffused with controlled anger at the intelligence community’s shortcomings, but also offering some striking lessons for would-be intelligence analysts and policymakers, underlining the risks of unchallenged assumptions and the pitfalls of decision-making with imperfect information and political bias.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author(s) CC BY-NC-ND 2.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Sets: Collections > LSE Review of Books
Date Deposited: 05 May 2017 12:52
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 17:33
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/75653

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