N the boy was only 7 Devil s Double tells the story of Latif Yahia an upper class Irai just to 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 specially when Entranced (The Donovan Legacy, enemies and assassins are lurking about And the Hussein family had plenty ofnemies 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 compliesSo begins a life of forced servitude spent in posh imprisonment Yahia is a firsthand witness to many hideous crimes by Uday torture rape murder ach disturbing than the last It is a truly bizarre story filled with incredible details so why does it feel so boringThe 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 nd But it becomes difficult 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 about active 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 nough 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 ually We revolve in its orbit We have become puppets manipulated by the regime s wanton fingers I think this is ssentially the problem I have with this book a fantastic tale with an unreliable narrator Uniue 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 veryday horror of Irais 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 xhibition of wealth and depravity of the Hussein s family Uday was a man without limits who took what he wanted and genunely njoyed 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 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 vil oldest son Uday I was intrigued nough to read the book he had written about his ghastly xperiencesAs you might know political leaders have often been targets of assassination and in Ira 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 Ira war forcing him to submit to a transformation that made him the very image of UdayYahia 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 vil for Uday and his henchmenUnappreciative of Yahia putting his life on the line for Uday on a daily basis the vil spawn of Saddam also tormented him harsh. Doubeln‘ Yahia hatte ngen Kontakt zur ganzen Familie Hussein und rlebte hautnah das absurde System von Mord Folter Korruption und xzessiv ausgelebtem Reichtum auf das sich das Terrorregime von Saddam Hussein stützt Ständig in Todesgefahr vertrat Yahia Odai als Doppelgänger bei Geschäftsverhandlungen und offiziellen Terminen nahm an ausschweifenden Partys in Bagdad teil und kämpfte an Odais Stelle im Golfkrieg Er wurde ,
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Since I Saw Trailer For The Film Starring Dominic CooperI saw trailer for the film starring Dominic Cooper look for the film is xcellent "ever since saw trailer for the film starring Dominic Cooper whose look for the film is xcellent convincing The story is about an Irai soldier Latif who is forced into becoming the body double or fiday of Uday Saddam Hussain Saddam Hussain s ldest son Sadly the film didn t live up to xpectations 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 s sadistic 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 xactly how much of the novel is true Some vents like the murder of Kammel Hannah are verifiable but how much of Latif s story is true is up for debate as ven he is sketchy with the details when pressed by journalists Interesting and Educational Excellent BookLatif Yahia has seen things most people cannot ven 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 Maruis de Sade novel This book will open your A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, eyes to the relative value of human life to the rulinglite of Ira people are as The Shadow Reader expendable as bad batteries Yahya himselfndured 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 Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies 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 thentire Saddam Hussein regime is following nicely down the path paved by the likes of Hitler and Stalin The big difference is that the Irai government is doing these things as we speak Enjoy this book I reccommend this book 100% Great read 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 doubledecoy This book chronicles mid 1988 until an unknown time in 1996How much of this story is accurate manipulated or completely false is up for debate Latif s tale has been uestioned 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 IraThe story focuses almost ually on Uday LatifLatif is shown as an innocent victim without giving away the nd continues down that pathUday however is shown to be a brutally violent narcissist who at one point is The Power Of A Choice even ordered to appear on a murder charge by his father Saddam Uday is a sociopath who lacksmpathy for veryone around him ven to his father the whore who he claims to love most in lifeLatif 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 formerdeposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak s wife Suzanne who was at the party acknolweged this vent before Uday s demise in 2003 openly xpressed her disgust at itA very interesting read with an The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right ending that you probably remember happening but didn t know what the cause of it was Warning this book will leave you horrified I like the thrill of itIt has nice documentation of the area but lacked perspectives of other charactersI recommend it to people who want to know about Saddam s reignI m currently looking for a holistic review of the time Interesting but difficult book to read because of thexplicit content I could only read a little bit at a time before getting overcome with Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling emotion and disgust the description of the torture and killings were likely accurate but also hard to fathom A truly incredible tale Imagine the biggest spoiled brat you vever known then remove all societal boundaries so that Monsieur Pain entitled brat is now allowed to steal rape and murder with impunity and you have the vile princeling Uday Saddam Hussein Uday was theldest son of Ira 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 whe. „Fidai Das Wort trifft mich wie in Hammerschlag denn in Fidai ist mehr als nur in Double Ein Fidai ist alles Doppelgänger Kämpfer Leibeigener Ein Fidai muss bereit sein für seinen Herrn zu sterben“ Latif Yahia rzählt die unglaubliche aber wahre Geschichte seines Lebens Der junge Mann aus Bagdad und Sohn iner wohlhabenden Familie wurde fünf Jahre lang gezwungen Odai Hussein den gefürchteten Sohn des Diktators zu ‚. .
Ly 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 lsewhere so I tend to believe his storyThis book may not be an academic masterpiece but it s asy to read and as riveting as a James Patterson thriller or a Dean Koontz horror Spell binding in its atrocities against the people of Ira the horrendous conditions described within its pages are hard to absorb I cringed at "The Acts Of Inhumanity "acts of inhumanity by this barbaric family
on its fellowman disgusting acts that are graphically described by this authorLatif Yahia relates thatits fellowman disgusting acts that are graphically described by this authorLatif Yahia relates that had to smuggle his "wife out of the country and was permitted no contact with friends and " out of the country and was permitted no contact with friends and 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 seuel and would make a powerful movie one that I hope would reveal about 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 messagesAfter reading this book ven 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 ualms about thatEndnote This review is of the first English language Patrick the Wolf Boy, Volume 1 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 LanguagesReviewed by Betty Dravis 2008author of 1106 Grand Boulevard The Toonies Invade Silicon Valley and Millennium Babe The Prophechy The Devil s Double is the ostensibly true life story on which the Lee Tamahori film of the same name releasedarlier this year was based The movie starring Dominic Cooper as both Saddam Hussein s son Uday and his body double or fiday Latif Yahia in the Ira of the late 1980s was hands down my favourite of 2011 This book was out of print at the time but unsurprisingly has been reissued in the wake of the film s success Obviously I had to get my hands on a copy and was keen to learn the truth of the story behind the dramatic bloody filmAlthough I loved the film I saw it as an xcessive action flick in the style of gangster movies like Scarface which it has freuently been compared to than a realistic account of vents in Ira at that time So the book offers something uite different in that its Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, events unfold over a much longer period of time and cover a great deal of political wranglings and governmental corruption in addition to Uday s outlandish behaviour In places it can be dull as Yahia does a lot of sitting around waiting and rarely has close contact with Uday for whom he is just another member of a vast body of staff At other points the deviant behaviour of Uday his family and henchmen is soxtravagant and disturbing as to be virtually beyond belief Certain incidents such as the murder of Kamel Hannah at a party which is depicted in the film stand out but the book sometimes feels like a catalogue of horrendous crimes and often makes for harrowing readingThis is a self published book so there are a number of minor Il morto di Maigret errors and inconsistenciesg sometimes it s fiday other times it s fidai I m not sure which is correct and assume both are acceptable in English but there s nothing significant nough to actually spoil the reading xperience The main trouble with Yahia s story is that aspersions have been cast on his account most notably in this Guardian article published at the time of the film s release So there s no way of knowing whether verything or indeed anything contained within this book is genuinely true Probably because I was already aware of this controversy there were moments when I did have doubts about the veracity of the story and wondered how Yahia could possibly have knownobserved these things unless he was ither Globalization: A Multi-Dimensional System, Third Edition embellishing the truth or was actually closely involved than the narrative suggested All in all I found this a very interesting read but Inded up feeling frustrated that without any other Billionaires Contract Engagement (Kings of the Boardroom evidence I couldn t bentirely convinced of its authenticity It s certainly given me a different perspective on the film not that I didn t take the underlying story seriously before but now that I know about the depravity of Saddam Hussein s regime I ll probably find it harder to Sexual Secrets enjoy on the next watch If you were as fascinated by the movie as I was and you can manage to track down a copy this book is nevertheless worth reading to provide a in depth perspective on the story that inspired Euge unfassbarer Verbrechen und beging schließlichinen Selbstmordversuch um seiner unerträglichen Situation in Ende zu bereiten Durch seine genauen Aufzeichnungen während dieser Zeit avancierte Latif Yahia zum „Buchhalter der irakischen Mafia Mit seinen schockierenden Enthüllungen aus rster Hand hofft Yahia inmal mehr die Welt aufrütteln und über das wahre Wesen des irakischen Herrschaftsapparats aufklären zu könne. ,