An account of the political life of the Iraqi president. Since 1979, Saddam Hussein had ruled the country with an iron hand, enjoying limitless power, combining populism with nationalism, using police terror and a sense of personality cult. Testimonies from former soviet union and Iraqi citizens, archives, exceptional images, pictures from today’s Iraq help to understand the different steps of his ascent to complete power. Thus, the life of this man, both an innovative leader and a tyrant is part and parcel of Iraqi history. It is an edifying portrait of a dictator whose political career rested on progress but also on totalitarian cruelty and was marked with fratricide plots and summary executions.