In The Weight of a Mustard Seed, Wendell Steavenson tells the story of General Kamel Sachet, a decorated hero of the long Iran-Iraq war and a favourite of Saddam Hussein's.
As Steavenson reveals the emotional and psychological scars the Sachet family suffer as a result of decades spent living with war and repression, she reaches towards the heart of a previously unspoken story of Iraq: a once prosperous nation, reduced by Hussein's megalomania and paranoia to bankruptcy, corruption and impotence.
The result is an intimate, startling and gripping account of the slow destruction of Sachet, his family and his country.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 01/01/2010
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9781843543060
- Paperback from £15.55