Book Discussion on The Reckoning: Iraq and the Legacy of Sadam Hussein

The Reckoning, published by W.W. Norton and Company, is an account of the historical, religious, ethnic, and political forces that produced… read more

The Reckoning, published by W.W. Norton and Company, is an account of the historical, religious, ethnic, and political forces that produced Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship. Forged after World War I from the Mesopotamian provinces of the collapsed Ottoman Empire, Iraq has never had a national identity or a sense of common purpose. Hussein, ruling by terror rather than by persuasion, pitted the various ethnic and religious groups against one another and in so doing achieved the destruction of Iraq’s civilized society. After he goes the country could be the site of conflict even more vicious than the Balkan wars. Ms. Mackey considers the future of Iraq to be of critical importance to America’s dealings with the Muslim world and explains why she believes it is a bad idea for America to invade the country. close

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Book Discussion on The Reckoning: Iraq and the Legacy of Sadam Hussein

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jul 7, 2002
Last Aired:
Nov 13, 2010

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  • Jul 07, 2002 | 7:59pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jul 07, 2002 | 11:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
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  • Mar 18, 2006 | 5:59pm EST | C-SPAN 2
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  • Nov 13, 2010 | 6:05pm EST | C-SPAN 2
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