The Weight of a Mustard Seed: The Intimate Story of an Iraqi General and His Family During Thirty Years of Tyranny

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - History - 304 pages
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“A masterly and elegantly told story that weaves together the Iraqi past and present.”

 —New York Times Book Review

 

“A first-class investigation…that tells the reader more about the tensions of living close to power in Saddam’s dictatorship.”

—Washington Post

 

The Weight of a Mustard Seed is an unprecedented and intimate account of Iraqi life under Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime, revealed through the tragic story of one of the dictator’s loyal generals. Journalist Wendell Steavenson writes thrilling nonfiction with a novelist’s flair, offering a new perspective on life inside a totalitarian regime that is as moving, compelling, and dramatic as The Kite Runner and The Bookseller of Kabul.

 

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Contents

Authors Note
1
Prologue
5
His Wife
11
His First Victory
29
His Eldest and Favorite Daughter
35
Inside
42
Yes But
59
His Third and Most Religious Son
90
Mosque
171
His Sheikh
178
Shame
199
Pride
204
Waiting
210
The Carcass of an Abandoned Refrigerator
220
Collection
238
Generals in General
247

Are You Sure Its Not Kut?
106
Euphemisms
129
Uprising
141
The Good Caliph
151
Epilogue
263
Cast of Characters
275
Acknowledgments
287
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About the author (2009)

Wendell Steavenson wrote for The New Yorker from Cairo for more than a year during the Egyptian revolution. She has spent most of the past decade and a half reporting from the Middle East and the Caucasus for the Guardian, Prospect magazine, Slate, Granta and other publications. Steavenson has written two previous books, both critically acclaimed: Stories I Stole, about post-Soviet Georgia, and The Weight of a Mustard Seed, about life and morality in Saddam's Iraq and the aftermath of the American invasion. She was also a 2014 Nieman Fellow at Harvard. Steavenson currently lives in Paris.

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