REVIEW: Baghdad’s Spy. A Personal Memoir of Espionage and Intrigue from Iraq to London

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By Corinne Souza. Edinburgh, Scotland: Mainstream Publishing, 2003. 238 pages, bibliography, photos, no index.

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Baghdad’s Spy was first published by Mainstream Publishing Company (Edinburgh) Ltd in 2003. This article is based on the 2004 edition.
 
Baghdad’s Spy is a portrait of espionage as told from the perspective of the daughter of a senior British spy. Starting in Iraq, where her father was recruited by Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) otherwise known as MI6, she recalls the nature of Baghdad’s elite in the 1960s; gives an insight into the social circles her father used to mix in as part of his work; how her father’s harmonious relationship with the SIS collapsed in the 1970s and 1980s and exposes problems within SIS prior to the 1991 Gulf War.
 
This revealing memoir although at times is quite personal contains some interesting revelations. The father of the author was a confirmed MI6 agent as evidenced by the scanned copy of a letter to Miss de Souza from the British Prime Ministers Private Secretary, William Chapman dated13 April 1994 that is included in the book. Corinne is an expert on Britain’s commercial lobbying industry and has been a contributor to the espionage journal Lobster since 2000. A graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London she is the daughter of a now deceased Arab Christian..

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