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Baath Party Documents Allow Glimpse at Iraq Society

A cache of Baath Party records discovered in a party office in Baghdad shows how Saddam Hussein used his political base to maintain an iron grip on power. Some of the memos also provide a glimpse into how Iraqi society was suppressed for so long. NPR's Scott Simon reports.

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Scott Simon is one of America's most admired writers and broadcasters. He is the host of Weekend Edition Saturday and is one of the hosts of NPR's morning news podcast Up First. He has reported from all fifty states, five continents, and ten wars, from El Salvador to Sarajevo to Afghanistan and Iraq. His books have chronicled character and characters, in war and peace, sports and art, tragedy and comedy.