Here in an fine article and a telling video about a bookseller in Baghdad.
When I undertook my National Service in Basra in 1955-56, I paid a weekly visit to a bookshop in the town and purchased a small library of books which I still possess. I also ordered and obtained weekly copies of the New Statesman on rice paper and backed-dated copies of Reynolds News and the Observer which arrived by sea. A copy of the latter included Khrushchev's lengthy revelations about Stalin.
The bookseller also had a fascinating display of Rationalist Press Association Books from which I made several purchases. The only book he could not obtain for me was Karl Marx's Das Capital, when the local Chief of Police vetoed the sale.
The Baghdad bookseller's love of books as shown in the video, shows just why Iraq can still have a future.