Reading: Will Bardenwerper

Will Bardenwerper is an American writer specializing in narrative nonfiction. He is the author of The Prisoner in His Palace: Saddam Hussein, His American Guards, and What History Leaves Unsaid, which was published by Scribner in June, 2017.

Woven from first-hand accounts provided by many of the American guards, government officials, interrogators, scholars, spies, lawyers, family members, and victims, The Prisoner in His Palace shows two Saddams coexisting in one person: the defiant tyrant who uses torture and murder as tools, and a shrewd but contemplative prisoner who exhibits surprising affection, dignity, and courage in the face of looming death.

In this artfully constructed narrative, Saddam, the “man without a conscience,” gets many of those around him to examine theirs. Wonderfully thought-provoking, The Prisoner in His Palace reveals what it is like to discover in one’s ruthless enemy a man, and then deliver him to the gallows.

2:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, at Prairie Lights, 15 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240