The Wars Against Saddam by John Simpson Pan $120 BBC world affairs editor John Simpson has spent more than 20 years reporting from Iraq, most recently in defiance of the Iraqi authorities, who barred him for making controversial documentaries about Saddam Hussein. This book claims to offer everything he's learned about the former Iraqi leader. He begins with the first Gulf war and finishes with the aftermath of Hussein's arrest. He also examines the threat from Iraq after September 11, and explains why the US went to war in March last year. Although Simpson writes well, the text would have been more accessible if it had been better organised. Its 70 chapters run on without page breaks and have vague headings such as 'Turbulence' and 'Conscience'. Arranging chapters into themed sections and providing a contents page would help readers digest this deluge of information.