The Weight of a Mustard Seed: The Intimate Story of an Iraqi General and His Family - Wendell Steavenson

As a correspondent living in Baghdad the early aughts, Wendell Steavenson made time in the rapid ricochet of dispatches from today's Iraq for a moral reckoning with its recent history. THE WEIGHT OF A MUSTARD SEED is a biography of war hero and Baathist, General Kamel Sachet. It is also a tragic microcosm of compromised Iraqi life under Saddam Hussein (and now, the Americans). Sympathetic but relentless, Steavenson probes Sachet's life through the stories of the insolent prisoners, exiled guards, mod wives, broken army psychologists, moderate imams, and jihadist sons looking for signs of resistance or repentance. Steavenson uses the novelistic, sometimes-suspect literary journalism style of Ryszard Kapuscinski, but her loyalty to and honesty her subjects undercuts any melodrama, and contributes to something much larger: love of what is true, and grief for what is lost.

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ISBN: 9780061721885
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Published: Broadside Books - March 16th, 2010

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