Praisefor Enemy of the State
“Enemy of the State gives us an incomparably immediate view of one of the liveliest episodes in recent Middle Eastern history: the capture, the trial, and the execution of Iraqi despot Saddam Hussein. Authors Newton and Scharf have so vividly described the courtroom dramatics that readers will feel themselves a witness to Saddam Hussein’s swagger. A page-turner with fast-paced action that reads like a novel, this book is sure to satisfy the casual reader and history enthusiasts alike.”
--Jean Sasson, New York Times bestselling author of The Rape of Kuwait; and international bestseller, Mayada, Daughter of Iraq
A work of non-fiction written like a novel. A page-turner brimming with illuminating anecdotes, this remarkable account will leave you stunned.
At 12:21 p.m., on October 19, 2005, Saddam Hussein was escorted into the Courtroom of the Iraqi High Tribunal in Baghdad for one of the most important and chaotic trials in history. For a year, two American law professors had led an elite team of experts who prepared the judges and prosecutors for “the mother of all trials.” Michael Scharf, a former State Department official who helped create the Yugoslavia Tribunal in 1993, and Michael Newton, then a professor at West Point, would confront such issues as whether the death penalty should apply, how to run a fair trial when political and military passions run so high, and which of Saddam’s many crimes should be prosecuted.
Michael Scharf, Mike Newton, and Radovan Karadzic’s defense counsel, Peter
Robinson, were interviewed for an hour about “Trying
Crimes Against Humanity” on “The Sound of Ideas” WCPN (Cleveland Public
Radio) on March 17, 2009
On April 15, 2009,
C-SPAN broadcast a panel discussion of “Enemy of the State” and its
relevance to the upcoming trials of Radovan Karadzic in The Hague
and the Khmer Rouge leaders in Cambodia, featuring co-authors
Michael Scharf and Mike Newton, Iraqi High Tribunal judge Ra’id Juhi,
and Karadzic’s lead counsel, Peter Robinson.