October 14, 2017 - 2:30pm
Prairie Lights

Iowa City Book Festival Event

Will Bardenwerper will read from his new book, The Prisoner in His Palace, about the final days of Saddam Hussein’s life. 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 is an American writer specializing in narrative nonfiction. He was an Airborne Ranger qualified infantry officer in the United States Army stationed in Germany and his service included a 13-month deployment to Nineveh and Anbar Provinces, Iraq in 2006-7. Will was awarded a Bronze Star and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge. A graduate of Princeton University, his work has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Denver Post, Huffington Post, and Task & Purpose.