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A CHILLING LIFE STORY ENGROSSING When this author invited me to be his friend on GoodReads, I checked his profile and then accepted When I learned that he was the man I had read about years before the one who was forced into being a body double for Saddam Hussein s evil oldest son, Uday I was intrigued enough to read the book he had written about his ghastly experiences.As you might know, political leaders have often been targets of assassination, and in Iraq there s an institution called A CHILLING LIFE STORY ENGROSSING When this author invited me to be his friend on GoodReads, I checked his profile and then accepted When I learned that he was the man I had read about years before the one who was forced into being a body double for Saddam Hussein s evil oldest son, Uday I was intrigued enough to read the book he had written about his ghastly experiences.As you might know, political leaders have often been targets of assassination, and in Iraq there s an institution called fidal, which means body double Since Latif Yahia bore a striking resemblance to Uday, the government pulled him out of the front lines during the Iran Iraq war, forcing him to submit to a transformation that made him the very image of Uday.Yahia served as Uday s double for approximately five years 1987 1991 before the government of Sadam Hussein released him, after torturing and imprisoning him The demonic acts Yahia witnessed in those years is beyond belief he describes them in this book in such graphic detail as to leave the reader gasping in disbelief murder, rape, torture, nothing was too evil for Uday and his henchmen.Unappreciative of Yahia putting his life on the line for Uday on a daily basis, the evil spawn of Saddam also tormented him harshly one day while calling him brother on another I felt sorry for the author s suffering and degradation as he witnessed things against his nature while pretending to go along with them There will be those who disbelieve Yahia but it has been well documented elsewhere, so I tend to believe his story.This book may not be an academic masterpiece, but it s easy to read and as riveting as a James Patterson thriller or a Dean Koontz horror Spell binding in its atrocities against the people of Iraq, the horrendous conditions described within its pages are hard to absorb I cringed at the acts of inhumanity perpetrated by this barbaric family on its fellowman disgusting acts that are graphically described by this author.Latif Yahia relates that he had to smuggle his wife out of the country and was permitted no contact with friends and family during his bondage to Uday, and tells of his fleeing to Europe after his release from prison I Was Saddam s Son screams for a sequel and would make a powerful movie, one that I hope would revealabout the author s private life during the time of his persecution and after he resettled in Europe I wonder what his relationships with his wife and children are like if there were any repercussions from writing this book while the Husseins were still alive and is he in danger now Dare I ask him in one of my GoodReads messages After reading this book, even the most soft hearted readers will be glad the Husseins are dead so they can no longer persecute their own people if anyone had any previous qualms about that.Endnote This review is of the first English language edition of this book, co authored by Karl Wendl Yahia also has two other published novels The Devil s Double and The Black Hole Latif Yahia Author of I Was Saddam s Son and The Devil s Double Which Have Sold Over One Million Copies Worldwide in Twenty Languages.Reviewed by Betty Dravis, 2008author of 1106 Grand Boulevard, The Toonies Invade Silicon Valley, and Millennium Babe The Prophechy Interesting but difficult book to read because of the explicit content I could only read a little bit at a time before getting overcome with emotion and disgust the description of the torture and killings were likely accurate but also hard to fathom. Unique tale that Yahia Latif s one, forced to become the double of Saddam Hussein s son As much as I consider myself relatively informed of what s going on in the world, I was surprised by the everyday horror of Iraqis lives There is a 1984 feeling, not being able to trust anyone completely, always afraid to be taken away for the slightest comment, if not out of pure bad luck The systematic use of torture, the mass graves opposed to the vulgar exhibition of wealth and depravity of the Huss Unique tale that Yahia Latif s one, forced to become the double of Saddam Hussein s son As much as I consider myself relatively informed of what s going on in the world, I was surprised by the everyday horror of Iraqis lives There is a 1984 feeling, not being able to trust anyone completely, always afraid to be taken away for the slightest comment, if not out of pure bad luck The systematic use of torture, the mass graves opposed to the vulgar exhibition of wealth and depravity of the Hussein s family Uday was a man without limits who took what he wanted and genunely enjoyed the suffering of others, when he bothered to care It reminds me of Terry Pratchett s small gods and what Death says about Vorbis spoilers he was a murderer, and a creator of murderers Both as a person and as a part of system, Uday was a murderer and a creator of murderers Interesting reading to see what it looks like to be almost on the right side of the fence during Saddam s reign Almost, because Latif s life has not been spared the incredible level of violent of this regime A truly incredible tale Imagine the biggest spoiled brat you ve ever known, then remove all societal boundaries so that entitled brat is now allowed to steal, rape, and murder with impunity and you have the vile princeling Uday Saddam Hussein Uday was the eldest son of Iraq s notorious autocrat proof that not only was Saddam Hussein a terrible man, but a terrible father as well It s said in this book that Saddam made Uday watch videos of torture and murder when the boy was only 7 years old A truly incredible tale Imagine the biggest spoiled brat you ve ever known, then remove all societal boundaries so that entitled brat is now allowed to steal, rape, and murder with impunity and you have the vile princeling Uday Saddam Hussein Uday was the eldest son of Iraq s notorious autocrat proof that not only was Saddam Hussein a terrible man, but a terrible father as well It s said in this book that Saddam made Uday watch videos of torture and murder when the boy was only 7 years old The Devil s Double tells the story of Latif Yahia, an upper class Iraqi who just happened to bear a striking resemblance to Uday Hussein They started off as classmates, school boy chums After Yahia has gone off to college and is completing his compulsory military service he is called by Uday to become his fiday, his official doppelganger Just like dear old dad or Josef Stalin it is handy for Uday to have someone who can pretend to be him especially when enemies and assassins are lurking about And the Hussein family had plenty of enemies It s an offer that Yahia really can t refuse, on pain of death He s tortured until he agrees to say yes anyway He is constantly guarded and watched to make sure he complies.So begins a life of forced servitude spent in posh imprisonment Yahia is a firsthand witness to many hideous crimes by Uday torture, rape, murder eachdisturbing than the last It is a truly bizarre story filled with incredible details so why does it feel so boring The answer is Latif Yahia It s not that he s a poor writer he was helped by Karl Wendl I just can t get rid of the feeling that he is holding back Perhaps it s the nature of Yahia s time spent impersonating another person, the years of self abegnation, but our main protagonist remains a cypher I don t blame him He was tortured repeatedly After one particularly harsh period of torture he says, I have been clinging to a thread of hope and promising myself that the nightmare will come to an end But it becomesdifficult and the pain overcomes my will, killing the hope within me I no longer have the power to resist I have become a mere tattered rag of a man and surrendered myself to them without a word or a groan I still feel like it s possible that he was a less passive participant in the dark misdeeds perpetrated by Uday s crew Yahia claims to have always been an unwilling witness, off to the side of the action, morally repelled I don t know if I believe it This is Yahia s story and it seems that he is working hard to make himself appear the innocent victim, leaving out any details aboutactive participation or peer pressure In a later passage Yahia reproaches himself for never gunning Uday down when he had the chance saying, Just one pull of the trigger would have been enough But I did nothing So I can t blame the others we re all cowards, caught between fear and the desire to bask in the warmth of the regime We love it and hate it equally We revolve in its orbit We have become puppets manipulated by the regime s wanton fingers I think this is essentially the problem I have with this book a fantastic tale with an unreliable narrator ( Download Book ) ♽ The Devil's Double ☢ Fidai Das Wort trifft mich wie ein Hammerschlag, denn ein Fidai ist mehr als nur ein Double Ein Fidai ist alles Doppelg nger, K mpfer, Leibeigener Ein Fidai muss bereit sein, f r seinen Herrn zu sterben Latif Yahia erz hlt die unglaubliche, aber wahre Geschichte seines Lebens Der junge Mann aus Bagdad und Sohn einer wohlhabenden Familie wurde f nf Jahre lang gezwungen, Odai Hussein, den gef rchteten Sohn des Diktators zu doubeln Yahia hatte engen Kontakt zur ganzen Familie Hussein und erlebte hautnah das absurde System von Mord, Folter, Korruption und exzessiv ausgelebtem Reichtum, auf das sich das Terrorregime von Saddam Hussein st tzt St ndig in Todesgefahr, vertrat Yahia Odai als Doppelg nger bei Gesch ftsverhandlungen und offiziellen Terminen, nahm an ausschweifenden Partys in Bagdad teil und k mpfte an Odais Stelle im Golfkrieg Er wurde Zeuge unfassbarer Verbrechen, und beging schlie lich einen Selbstmordversuch, um seiner unertr glichen Situation ein Ende zu bereiten Durch seine genauen Aufzeichnungen w hrend dieser Zeit avancierte Latif Yahia zum Buchhalter der irakischen Mafia Mit seinen schockierenden Enth llungen aus erster Hand hofft Yahia, einmal mehr die Welt aufr tteln und ber das wahre Wesen des irakischen Herrschaftsapparats aufkl ren zu k nnen I like the thrill of it.It has nice documentation of the area but lacked perspectives of other characters.I recommend it to people who want to know about Saddam s reign.I m currently looking for aholistic review of the time. Warning this book will leave you horrified. Perhaps Uday was worse than SaddamLatif Yahia was a childhood friend of one of Saddam Hussein who claims that in the late 1980s he was tortured, threatened ultimately blackmailed into becoming Uday s double decoy This book chronicles mid 1988 until an unknown time in 1996.How much of this story is accurate, manipulated or completely false, is up for debate Latif s tale has been questioned by some but the majority of it seems legitimate the international community knew certain things at Perhaps Uday was worse than SaddamLatif Yahia was a childhood friend of one of Saddam Hussein who claims that in the late 1980s he was tortured, threatened ultimately blackmailed into becoming Uday s double decoy This book chronicles mid 1988 until an unknown time in 1996.How much of this story is accurate, manipulated or completely false, is up for debate Latif s tale has been questioned by some but the majority of it seems legitimate the international community knew certain things at the time some of the incidents documented have been confirmed as all but true in post Saddam Iraq.The story focuses almost equally on Uday Latif.Latif is shown as an innocent victim without giving away the end continues down that path.Uday however, is shown to be a brutally violent narcissist who at one point is even ordered to appear on a murder charge by his father Saddam Uday is a sociopath who lacks empathy for everyone around him, even to his father the whore who he claims to love most in life.Latif s first hand account of Uday s murder of one of Saddam s bodyguards Kamel Hana Gegeo , is disturbing but facsinating at the same time Having the audacity to murder a man that is close to his father in such a brutal manner infront of a house of party guests WHILE trying to sexually abuse a girl is astonishing Although this sounds as it s one of the highly contested accounts of Latif s story, it s not We know this to be true publicly as former deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak s wife Suzanne who was at the party acknolweged this event before Uday s demise in 2003 openly expressed her disgust at it.A very interesting read with an ending that you probably remember happening but didn t know what the cause of it was Interesting and Educational, Excellent Book,Latif Yahia has seen things most people cannot even imagine As a double for Uday Hussein, son and possible successor of Saddam, Latif witnessed acts of depravity and torture that almost sound like something out of a Marquis de Sade novel This book will open your eyes to the relative value of human life to the ruling elite of Iraq, people are as expendable as bad batteries Yahya himself endured harsh torments at the hands of a man who called him a Interesting and Educational, Excellent Book,Latif Yahia has seen things most people cannot even imagine As a double for Uday Hussein, son and possible successor of Saddam, Latif witnessed acts of depravity and torture that almost sound like something out of a Marquis de Sade novel This book will open your eyes to the relative value of human life to the ruling elite of Iraq, people are as expendable as bad batteries Yahya himself endured harsh torments at the hands of a man who called him a brother one can only, with a great deal of dread, contemplate the atrocities meted out to enemies After reading this book, I came to the conclusion that the only thing worse than Saddam is his oldest brat, and I would personally throttle the life out of that demon myself if given the opportunity Even if only a fraction of it is true and I believe most of it is accurate, as I ve seen several of the tales about Uday in other sources , the entire Saddam Hussein regime is following nicely down the path paved by the likes of Hitler and Stalin The big difference is that the Iraqi government is doing these things, as we speak Enjoy this book, I reccommend this book 100%, Great read This is a book I ve been interested in reading ever since I saw trailer for the film, starring Dominic Cooper, whose look for the film is excellent and convincing The story is about an Iraqi soldier, Latif, who is forced into becoming the body double, or fiday , of Uday Saddam Hussain, Saddam Hussain s eldest son Sadly the film didn t live up to expectations, and it s one that I would actually recommend seeing before reading the book The book was gripping, often fast paced, and hard to put d This is a book I ve been interested in reading ever since I saw trailer for the film, starring Dominic Cooper, whose look for the film is excellent and convincing The story is about an Iraqi soldier, Latif, who is forced into becoming the body double, or fiday , of Uday Saddam Hussain, Saddam Hussain s eldest son Sadly the film didn t live up to expectations, and it s one that I would actually recommend seeing before reading the book The book was gripping, often fast paced, and hard to put down It was also incredibly graphic in parts, when describing Uday ssadistic acts, including the rape of a bride on her honeymoon and the murder of her groom, the capture, rape and torture of a 14 year old girl, and the murder of his father, Saddam Hussain s trusted friend, Kammel Hannah, at a party Although I learnt a lot about the Saddam regime at the time of the Gulf war, it is hard to say exactly how much of the novel is true Some events, like the murder of Kammel Hannah are verifiable, but how much of Latif s story is true is up for debate, as even he is sketchy with the details when pressed by journalists