Cairo in the War 1939-1945
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Cairo in the War 1939-1945

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Published April 10th 1995 by Penguin Books Ltd
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Through an entertaining string of vignettes, all told from the British point of view, Cooper paints an entertaining picture of what life was like for the military and civil service expats who were part of the Allies' African war effort based out of Cairo (and to a lesser extent Alexandria).

The best way to describe this is probably 'history lite' though there is indeed a fairly large dose of WWII era history here. But it's the social structure and expat mores, as well as the civil service infigh...more
Feb 24, 2008 Stephanie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like to time travel to glamorous places
Shelves: dreamlives
I first read parts of this book in 1994, when I was travelling through Egypt. Many of the vestigages of the English influence were still evident throughout Cairo. I commend the author for tackling such a fascinating subject. So many interesting writers and artists fled to Cairo during WWII, and it was interesting to read how they got along (or didn't.) Lawrence Durrell, Olivia Manning, Randolph Churchill...the list goes on and on.

The one drawback to this book is that it didn't really talk much...more
One the one hand, a life-and-death struggle in the desert between Axis and Allies; and on the other, a glittering social whirl in the colonial capital. Cooper does an admirable job of detailing Cairo's wartime history, and is especially good at showing how revolutionary tensions suddenly and completely ended Britain's colonial presence.
Eleanor Brown
Fascinating book covering many aspects of Egypt at this time. Very easy to read.
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