I wonder how long Bowden spent working on 'Tales of a Tyrant.' I got the impression it was exhaustively researched. Tracking down and interviewing all of those expats must've required a colossal effort.
But getting all of those different voices from different parts of Sadam's Iraq is what gave the story a solid foundation of credibility. I think this piece showed that any story can be made if you put enough time and effort into it. Stories are made from exhaustive research and varied and numerous sources, only then does the actual construction of the piece begin.