BookBar BookClub: The Prisoner in His Palace

On the second Wednesday of the month, BookBar hosts a BookBar BookClub from 7pm - 9pm! For October we're reading The Prisoner in His Palace and will be joined by the author, Will Bardenwerper. 

About the Book:
In the haunting tradition of In Cold Blood and The Executioner’s Song, this remarkably insightful and surprisingly intimate portrait of Saddam Hussein lifts away the top layer of a dictator’s evil and finds complexity beneath as it invites us to take a journey with twelve young American soldiers in the summer of 2006. Trained to aggressively confront the enemy in combat, the men learn, shortly after being deployed to Iraq, that fate has assigned them a different role. It becomes their job to guard the country’s notorious leader in the months leading to his execution.

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.


Will Bardenwerper quit his job in finance following the 9/11 attacks in Manhattan and volunteered to serve in the United States Army.  He has spent most of the last decade engaged in United States foreign policy, beginning in 2004 as an infantry platoon leader. In 2010, Will received a Master's Degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.  Upon graduation, he was selected to join the Pentagon in 2010 as a Presidential Management Fellow, where he spent the next four years working on the development and implementation of defense strategy with senior leaders in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Will was an Airborne Ranger qualified infantry officer in the United States Army.  He was stationed in Germany and his service included a 13-month deployment to Nineveh and Anbar Provinces, Iraq in 2006-7.  While in Iraq, he helped lead his infantry battalion's reconstruction, civil affairs and tribal engagement efforts in the city of Hit.  His unit helped contribute to the beginning of what would later become known as the “Anbar Awakening.” Will was awarded a Bronze Star and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Will is a graduate of Princeton University, where he majored in English.  He has had Op Eds and other articles published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Denver Post, Huffington Post, and Task & Purpose

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Prisoner in His Palace: Saddam Hussein, His American Guards, and What History Leaves Unsaid Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501117831
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Published: Scribner - June 6th, 2017