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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (57 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Khidir Hamza Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781455179466
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Saddam’s Bombmaker is the true saga of one man’s journey through the circles of hell. Educated at MIT and Florida State University, dedicated to a life of peaceful teaching in America, Iraqi scientist Dr. Khidhir Hamza relates how Saddam’s regime ordered him home, seduced him into a pampered life as an atomic energy official, and forced him to design a bomb. The price of refusal was torture. With the cynical help of US, French, German, and British suppliers and experts, he secretly developed Baghdad’s nuclear bomb and kept it hidden from UN inspectors after the Gulf War. The tale of his escape, his first bungled contact with CIA agents, and his flight abroad will keep listeners riveted toward a climax worthy of a well-crafted spy thriller.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hamza’s keen sense of pacing and his clear and vivid writing serve to indict Iraq under Saddam, painting a detailed and convincing portrait of what it's like to live in a country under a violent dictator…Of the broadest interest to a wide spectrum of readers concerned about the fate of the world in the nuclear age.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Reader Whitfield deserves accolades for his flawless performance as he changes tones to mirror Hamza’s roller-coaster emotions, particularly his horror, fear, and determination, as well his anger at Hussein and the CIA. Whitfield handles difficult pronunciations with ease, adds dramatic tension, and clearly involves himself in this timely account.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 9/18/2013

    " I heard the author speak on NPR and had to read it. Such an interesting first hand view of Saddam Hussein. Reminds me of memoirs written by people who knew Hitler. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 2/2/2013

    " An excellent story of Saddam's weapons of mass destruction program. I have been to many of the locations and this book brought back many memories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Greason | 6/11/2012

    " My friend's dad wrote this book--I've just started it but it's doubly interesting (and terrifying!) since I know him! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Delorenzo | 10/21/2011

    " Reads like a fiction thriller. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nick | 6/18/2010

    " Good thing we got rid of him. This is an account by the guy in Iraq who was in charge of developing nuclear weapons. How the general public doesn't know this guy or this story exists is beyond me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/15/2010

    " Saddam Hussein WAS trying to build a nuclear weapon, and he was crazy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 7/3/2009

    " Reads like a fiction thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/18/2008

    " Saddam Hussein WAS trying to build a nuclear weapon, and he was crazy. "

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About the Author

Khidir Hamza is an Iraqi scientist who worked for Saddam Hussein’s nuclear program in the 1980s and early 1990s. He is the author of Saddam’s Bombmaker. Hamza was educated at MIT and Florida State University and now lives in Virginia. 

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.