SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Saturday, February 19, 2022
Location and Time to be announced
The Spymaster of Baghdad tells the dramatic yet intimate account of how a covert Iraqi intelligence unit called “the Falcons” came together against all odds to defeat ISIS. The Falcons, comprised of ordinary men with little conventional espionage background, infiltrated the world’s most powerful terrorist organization, ultimately turning the tide of war against the terrorist group and bringing safety to millions of Iraqis and the broader world. Centered around the relationship between two brothers, Harith Sudani, a rudderless college dropout who was recruited to the Falcons by his all-star younger brother Munaf, and their eponymous unit commander Abu Ali, The Spymaster of Baghdad follows their emotional journey as Harith volunteers for the most dangerous mission imaginable. With piercing lyricism and thrilling prose, Coker’s deeply-reported account interweaves heartfelt portraits of these and other unforgettable characters as they navigate the streets of war-torn Baghdad and perform heroic feats of cunning and courage.
Margaret Coker is a prize-winning investigative journalist, who over nineteen years has covered stories from thirty-two countries on four continents. 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. Most recently, she was the New York Times bureau chief in Baghdad. She lives in Savannah, Georgia, where she is editor in chief of The Current, a non-profit news organization that provides original, in-depth watchdog journalism affecting Savannah and Coastal Georgia. She is passionate about reviving an investigative news culture in Coastal Georgia and mentoring a new generation of journalists in the region.