Keith Kyle, 15 August 1991
Show More The Iraqi Revolution of 1958: The Old Social Classes Revisited edited by Robert Fernea and William Roger Louis.
Tauris, 232 pp., £35, May 1991, 1 85043 318 6Show More
Instant Empire: Saddam Hussein’s Ambition for Iraq by Simon Henderson.
Mercury House, 271 pp., £8.99, June 1991, 1 56279 007 2Show More
Saddam Hussein: A Political Biography by Efraim Karsh and Inari Rautsi.
Brassey, 307 pp., £17.95, April 1991, 0 08 041326 9Show More
The Gulf Between Us: The Gulf War and Beyond edited by Victoria Brittain.
Virago, 186 pp., £5.99, June 1991, 1 85381 386 9Show More
Under Siege in Kuwait: A Survivor’s Story by Jadranka Porter.
Gollancz, 250 pp., £4.99, July 1991, 9780575051850Show More
“... Colonel van Ormer has a forceful personality,’ lamented Brigadier Lushington, head of the British Services Mission in Iraq, of his new American colleague in October 1954. ‘I suspect that he has been “hand-picked”. If he is to be believed, he is being given a very free hand indeed. He talks very big.’ The aggrieved brigadier, charged with managing the operational end of what had been, since the creation of the state of Iraq at the conclusion of the First World War, an exclusive relationship between Britain and the Iraqi Armed Forces, was not disposed to ‘belittle the seriousness of this American invasion ...”