The Devil You Don't Know: Going Back to Iraq by Zuhair al-Jezairy
In 1979, journalist Zuhair al-Jezairy fled Iraq and certain death after openly defying Saddam's regime. Twenty-five years later he is back, and cautiously celebrating. He joins "al Mada", and is Editor-in-Chief when the newspaper breaks the Oil-for-Food scandal. He leaves to start his own documentary film company and travels throughout Iraq, from the Marshlands of the South, to Tikrit, Najaf, and the Northern region of Kurdistan. He sees the country emerge from thirty-five years of totalitarianism and documents the violence and bloodshed, as well as the many brave and extraordinary people he meets. Giving first-hand accounts of the looting of Baghdad and his encounters with ordinary Iraqis all over the country, this is an elegiac and inspirational account of Iraq after Saddam.