When the name Chalabi crops up in any discussion of Iraq, chances are that the person speaking is referring to Ahmed Chalabi, the brilliant, cynical, shameless politician whose steady drip-feed of misinformation about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction was music to neo-con ears in Washington. As leader of the US-funded Iraqi National Congress, a coalition of Iraqi exiles dedicated to Saddam’s overthrow, he encouraged America to plunge into its bloody misadventure in Iraq.
Thankfully for the writer of this charming memoir, there is no reason why the sins of the father should be visited upon the daughter. Very sensibly, Tamara Chalabi is quick to nip this one in the bud. ‘Everyone asks me about my father. He has been labelled a