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The Rape of Kuwait was written right after the invasion and prior to the first Gulf War that freed Kuwait from Iraq's grasp. The book consists of individual stories of what people experienced on the day of the invasion. There are stories about Kuwaitis, Palestinians, and other nationalities. Author Jean Sasson traveled to London, Cairo, and Saudi Arabia to interview those The Rape of Kuwait was written right after the invasion and prior to the first Gulf War that freed Kuwait from Iraq's grasp. The book consists of individual stories of what people experienced on the day of the invasion. There are stories about Kuwaitis, Palestinians, and other nationalities. Author Jean Sasson traveled to London, Cairo, and Saudi Arabia to interview those fleeing the violence. She was one of the few writers given an interview by Kuwait's Emir and Kuwait's Prime Minister. The book hit #2 on the New York Times Bestseller's list as it was the only book that told what was happening on the day of the invasion. Readers note that the war had not yet started, nor ended, so there is no resolution regarding the war in this book. It is strictly about human beings caught up in war.


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The Rape of Kuwait was written right after the invasion and prior to the first Gulf War that freed Kuwait from Iraq's grasp. The book consists of individual stories of what people experienced on the day of the invasion. There are stories about Kuwaitis, Palestinians, and other nationalities. Author Jean Sasson traveled to London, Cairo, and Saudi Arabia to interview those The Rape of Kuwait was written right after the invasion and prior to the first Gulf War that freed Kuwait from Iraq's grasp. The book consists of individual stories of what people experienced on the day of the invasion. There are stories about Kuwaitis, Palestinians, and other nationalities. Author Jean Sasson traveled to London, Cairo, and Saudi Arabia to interview those fleeing the violence. She was one of the few writers given an interview by Kuwait's Emir and Kuwait's Prime Minister. The book hit #2 on the New York Times Bestseller's list as it was the only book that told what was happening on the day of the invasion. Readers note that the war had not yet started, nor ended, so there is no resolution regarding the war in this book. It is strictly about human beings caught up in war.

30 review for The Rape of Kuwait: The True Story of Iraqi Atrocities Against a Civilian Population

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessi

    This is another book I rented from the library. It was a very short book. It only took me a few hours to read it. I got the 1991 version which I didn't really like. I don't know if there was made newer version that had the actual outcome of the Persian Gulf War. It was a little weird to read a prediction of what would happen after it had already been over and done with for 15 years. I am also very interested in knowing if these people ever found their lost loved ones. Also, my nipple still hurts This is another book I rented from the library. It was a very short book. It only took me a few hours to read it. I got the 1991 version which I didn't really like. I don't know if there was made newer version that had the actual outcome of the Persian Gulf War. It was a little weird to read a prediction of what would happen after it had already been over and done with for 15 years. I am also very interested in knowing if these people ever found their lost loved ones. Also, my nipple still hurts after reading that some soldiers bit this poor woman's nipple off. What kind of person would forcefully rape a woman much less bite her freaking nipple off? What the hell! Those people are brutal and crazy. I wouldn't have gone to Iraq if my life depended on it. I'm sure it would be a much less brutal death than received at the hands of the Iraqis. Now I do know that not every Iraqi is insane. I think back on the poor people who were imprisoned and tortured by Sadam. I've read a lot of books about the Middle East lately, but I've never thought I would ever want to visit any of those countries until I read this book about Kuwait. The country of Kuwait and the Kuwaitis sound so awesome, that I'd want to go see what it's really like there.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Teshura

    When I rate this book "really liked it" don't mis-understand me. I did not like reading about what horrible things happened, but rather I think Jean Sasson is remarkably able to convey the the stories and the lives of the people who survived the horror. It is a very good read, and enlightening. I recommend it to anyone who has forgotten that the middle east is not a "those people over there" but rather a conglomeration of many, many individuals, each one of whom also has history, a heartbreak, a When I rate this book "really liked it" don't mis-understand me. I did not like reading about what horrible things happened, but rather I think Jean Sasson is remarkably able to convey the the stories and the lives of the people who survived the horror. It is a very good read, and enlightening. I recommend it to anyone who has forgotten that the middle east is not a "those people over there" but rather a conglomeration of many, many individuals, each one of whom also has history, a heartbreak, a love, an identity.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lorelei

    I am really glad to have read this - I was busy with very small children when this was happening, and I really didn't understand what was going on. Not an easy read, or for that matter that well written, but truly necessary to understanding what I didn't when I was half a world away and safe in my home. I am really glad to have read this - I was busy with very small children when this was happening, and I really didn't understand what was going on. Not an easy read, or for that matter that well written, but truly necessary to understanding what I didn't when I was half a world away and safe in my home.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chad Manske

    Aug 2, 1990 will always be remembered by Kuwaitis as the day their country was forever changed. Saddam Hussein jealously invaded the small, rich country that so generously helped underwrite their 8 year war with Iran had its way with the country, its property, people and possessions. The atrocities committed were of the worst kind--rape, torture and executions of all manner. Sasson quickly published this book even before the U.S. led coalition began its work, as a means to get the truth, facts a Aug 2, 1990 will always be remembered by Kuwaitis as the day their country was forever changed. Saddam Hussein jealously invaded the small, rich country that so generously helped underwrite their 8 year war with Iran had its way with the country, its property, people and possessions. The atrocities committed were of the worst kind--rape, torture and executions of all manner. Sasson quickly published this book even before the U.S. led coalition began its work, as a means to get the truth, facts and stories of the Kuwaitis into the public sphere. Thanks to my new friend Ambassador Faisal Al-Ghais, who was Kuwaiti ambassador to Brazil at the time of the invasion, for allowing me to read his original copy of this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Aaliyah Behbehani

    It touched my heart knowing that people around had each other's back for instance the relationship that the Kuwaitis and the Egyptians had between one another & the Saudis as well & I never knew that the Palestinians were sided up with the Iraqis, the only reason why I was surprised cause to this day there are a lot of Palestinians living in Kuwait which shows how Kuwait isn't a nation that generalizes people's backgrounds. It touched my heart knowing that people around had each other's back for instance the relationship that the Kuwaitis and the Egyptians had between one another & the Saudis as well & I never knew that the Palestinians were sided up with the Iraqis, the only reason why I was surprised cause to this day there are a lot of Palestinians living in Kuwait which shows how Kuwait isn't a nation that generalizes people's backgrounds.

  6. 5 out of 5

    KΣlls

    I learned a lot about the differences in culture, and comparing Western civilization compared to Middle Eatern culture. Gender roles and the abuse and mistreatment of young girls and women. How men, government, and religious leaders are very unusually cruel and harsh to women/young girls and very tolerant and biased towrds all men! Some of the best reading I've ever done, I learned A LOT!! I learned a lot about the differences in culture, and comparing Western civilization compared to Middle Eatern culture. Gender roles and the abuse and mistreatment of young girls and women. How men, government, and religious leaders are very unusually cruel and harsh to women/young girls and very tolerant and biased towrds all men! Some of the best reading I've ever done, I learned A LOT!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Arub

    Very intense, very descriptive and not for the faint of heart. The rape scenes are brutal and can be quite long. The language is quite graphic at times, but it is an eye opener and a great read. One of the few books I've read where I felt I was present in the situation - not exactly a good thing, but a testament to the author. War is horrible. War is particularly horrible for women and children in developing countries. This book details that perfectly. I finished this book in two days. Would rec Very intense, very descriptive and not for the faint of heart. The rape scenes are brutal and can be quite long. The language is quite graphic at times, but it is an eye opener and a great read. One of the few books I've read where I felt I was present in the situation - not exactly a good thing, but a testament to the author. War is horrible. War is particularly horrible for women and children in developing countries. This book details that perfectly. I finished this book in two days. Would recommend it for adults.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lynne - The Book Squirrel

    I was reminded of this book which I read after the first Gulf war last night while watching the film Devil's Double which I thought was very well done but not very nice to watch the torture and news reel parts. I was reminded of this book which I read after the first Gulf war last night while watching the film Devil's Double which I thought was very well done but not very nice to watch the torture and news reel parts.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    The author's first book and not the best. It is a collection of 1-2 page stories of the people of Kuwait during th invasion. After a few of them you get the idea. It should have been a novel like her other books. Not terrible but hard to get through the entire thing. The author's first book and not the best. It is a collection of 1-2 page stories of the people of Kuwait during th invasion. After a few of them you get the idea. It should have been a novel like her other books. Not terrible but hard to get through the entire thing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Read this just after returning from my tour in Kuwait. Knowing what I know I have to say while it tooks us a while to give the Iraqis a chance we certainly needed to do it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Reading For Sanity

    read this review and others at http://readingforsanity.blogspot.com/... read this review and others at http://readingforsanity.blogspot.com/...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Essential reading to understand the country's history Essential reading to understand the country's history

  13. 4 out of 5

    Edwina Callan

    The stuff of nightmares ... I can't stop crying long enough to write anything else at this time. The stuff of nightmares ... I can't stop crying long enough to write anything else at this time.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Izah Ahmad

    The Rape of Kuwait has been nothing but eye-opening and heart-wrenching book. Gulfs' politic is seriously twisted in so many ways that I couldn't comprehend it all. Jealousy and greed among the countries definitely disunited the Gulfs. I couldn't believe those nasty comments that were thrown to Kuwaitis when they were sieged by Iraqi's regime. Despite of that, I've seen the sense of human-ship that showed by Saudis, and strong statesmanship of Kuwaitis in this book. I am truly impressed with thei The Rape of Kuwait has been nothing but eye-opening and heart-wrenching book. Gulfs' politic is seriously twisted in so many ways that I couldn't comprehend it all. Jealousy and greed among the countries definitely disunited the Gulfs. I couldn't believe those nasty comments that were thrown to Kuwaitis when they were sieged by Iraqi's regime. Despite of that, I've seen the sense of human-ship that showed by Saudis, and strong statesmanship of Kuwaitis in this book. I am truly impressed with their bravery on fighting for the homeland despite favors are definitely outsided them, and as for Saudis on providing a safe place for the refugees. Self-serving policies of Arabs serves nothing but the division of Arabs that literally killing them back in just a matter of a time. The unity of Arabs will help them to get a piece of serenity to their own land.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shelfari Moved

    Great, heart wrenching read. I learned a lot of the August 2, 1990 invasion of Iraq in Kuwait. Iraqis came under the pretense that Kuwaitis has invited them to free them from the Kuwaiti Prince while in reality, the Kuwaiti people love their rulers. I was a little suspiscios about the mention of Ayatollah Khomeini and how he was a fundamentalist who "with Islamic rhetoric, suicide bombings, plan hijackings...sought to dismantle the facade of the peaceable nation." That just means I need to start Great, heart wrenching read. I learned a lot of the August 2, 1990 invasion of Iraq in Kuwait. Iraqis came under the pretense that Kuwaitis has invited them to free them from the Kuwaiti Prince while in reality, the Kuwaiti people love their rulers. I was a little suspiscios about the mention of Ayatollah Khomeini and how he was a fundamentalist who "with Islamic rhetoric, suicide bombings, plan hijackings...sought to dismantle the facade of the peaceable nation." That just means I need to start reading about the Irani history next. Overall, very informative: I finished reading in less than a day.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nakubulwa

    Iliked it and the some time iwas bored alittle because it contains short stories yet ienjoy reading aone whole package like MAYADA but all in all its good that now I history of it and what they went through

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mick

    Easy read. Could have been better had it contained more in depth details of the war. The book is about a random jottings of how some of the lives were affected.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Milusa

    it somehow reminded me 1968 in Czechoslovakia - "friendly takeover" it somehow reminded me 1968 in Czechoslovakia - "friendly takeover"

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sireesha Avvari

    Dreadful experiences of Kuwaitis during Iraq invasion

  20. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Stoll

    Being such a huge fan of Jean Sasson, I can't believe how long it took for me to read The Rape of Kuwait. Especially since my husband had "boots on the ground" during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. For the second time of our 29 moves in 33 years we find ourselves living in the Middle East again (Bahrain). I will say that as with everything, reading, watching a movie, etc., our reaction and the impact often is based on our education, knowledge, life experiences, etc. I would love a follow up as t Being such a huge fan of Jean Sasson, I can't believe how long it took for me to read The Rape of Kuwait. Especially since my husband had "boots on the ground" during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. For the second time of our 29 moves in 33 years we find ourselves living in the Middle East again (Bahrain). I will say that as with everything, reading, watching a movie, etc., our reaction and the impact often is based on our education, knowledge, life experiences, etc. I would love a follow up as to the brave individuals that shared their stories and where they are now and their perspective this many years later.

  21. 5 out of 5

    BradMD

    Fascinating and educational. Tells the story of Kuwait just before and after August 2, 1990 when it was invaded by Iraq. Some very interesting politics and propaganda are explained. Then there are stories of violence, devastation, and rape. There are questions in my mind about the author's support of the Kuwaiti government, which I would like to have explained. There seems to be a movement for a parliament. Fascinating and educational. Tells the story of Kuwait just before and after August 2, 1990 when it was invaded by Iraq. Some very interesting politics and propaganda are explained. Then there are stories of violence, devastation, and rape. There are questions in my mind about the author's support of the Kuwaiti government, which I would like to have explained. There seems to be a movement for a parliament.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sunset

    Easy read. Could have been better had it contained more in depth details of the war. The book is about a random jottings of how some of the lives were affected.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tiesha Mcclellan

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anna

  25. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Rooney

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sujatha

  27. 5 out of 5

    N0mad

  28. 5 out of 5

    Khaled Al-amiri

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mel Denton

  30. 5 out of 5

    Timz

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