The Spymaster of Baghdad: A True Story of Bravery, Family, and Patriotism in the Battle Against Isis

Margaret Coker (Author)

Product Details

$28.99  $26.67
Dey Street Books
Publish Date
February 23, 2021
6.3 X 9.0 X 1.3 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Margaret Coker is a prize-winning investigative journalist who, for the last nineteen years, has covered stories from thirty-two countries on four continents. Since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, Coker has largely focused on the Middle East, writing about corruption, counterterrorism, and cyber warfare. Her stories written during the 2011 Libyan uprising over Muammar Gaddafi for the Wall Street Journal won prizes for investigative journalism and diplomatic reporting. As Turkey bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, Coker contributed to a 2016 series that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting. As the New York Times bureau chief in Baghdad in 2018, Coker won prizes for feature writing for her front-page stories about Iraq. Margaret and her husband live in Savannah, Georgia, with their two dogs and cat.


The Spymaster of Baghdad is the amazing true story of the secret war against ISIS in Iraq, which Margaret Coker tells with great verve and authority.--Peter Bergen, New York Times bestselling author of Manhunt
"Margaret Coker has brought to readers a gripping spy drama that doubles as a page-turning story of family and survival. A moving window into patriots who faced down terror and fought for their country."--Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, New York Times bestselling author of Ashley's War and The Daughters of Kobani
Ms. Coker weaves together a spy story worthy of John le CarrΓ©...its constituent parts are riveting in and of themselves, but Ms. Coker brings them together in such a powerful way that it goes well beyond its "spy genre" label.--Joshua C. Huminski, The Diplomatic Courier
A dramatic and edifying must-read.--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"An intensely suspenseful, superbly well-reported, and significant tale."--Booklist
"A thrilling and skillfully reported tale of the invisible heroes of the Iraqi fight against terrorism, that, at its heart, is a poignant story of family and sacrifice."--Tamer Elnoury, covert operative and New York Times bestselling author of American Radical.
"Margaret Coker's The Spymaster of Baghdad is a stunning and meticulous account of exceptional bravery and espionage carried out by Iraqis in the most dangerous stages of the war against ISIS. These are the type of stories we so rarely get to hear, and we are lucky to have journalists like Coker to tell them." --Phil Klay, award-winning author of Redeployment and Missionaries
"Oftentimes, real life narrated by a master story teller reads better than any spy novel one could come across. The Spymaster of Baghdad, written by the intrepid Margaret Coker, is a heartbreaking and courageous story well worth reading and sharing with the entire world. We all owe a debt of gratitude to Abu Ali Al-Basri and the Iraqi Falcons Unit for their important role in the fight against the most lethal terrorist group of our time."--Anne Speckhard, Director of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE).
An eye-opening account revealing that Iraqi competence and heroism were essential to its victory over terrorism.--Kirkus Reviews