Subscriber Essay: Saddam Hussein’s Origin Story

A subscriber asked about Saddam Hussein’s rise to power, which is a longer topic than I think can be handled in one essay. So I thought we could take a small piece of that tale, its beginning, and look at that.

Saddam Hussein spent much of his youth in the home of his uncle, Khairallah Talfah, in Baghdad, mostly because of the horrible circumstances surr…

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