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During Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's last days in captivity, he enjoyed the small pleasures in life, like tending a garden of weeds and turning up the volume on Mary J. Blige songs, according to a new book written about the experiences of the American guards who watched him.
Will Bardenwerper's new book The Prisoner in His Palace: Saddam Hussein, His American Guards, and What History Leaves Unsaid, details a man who seems far-removed from the heartless dictator who's name is synonymous with pure evil.
Hussein wrote letters and even poetry for one guard's wife, and when he listened to the radio, “he’d always stop tuning if he stumbled across a Mary J. Blige song," the book says, the New York Post reported.
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The book details the experiences and relationships American guards formed while watching over the dictator during a 2006 trial.