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Cairo in the War 1939-1945

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Published November 28th 2000 by Penguin UK (first published April 10th 1995)
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Jun 03, 2014 Evelyn rated it really liked it
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
Feb 24, 2008 Stephanie rated it really liked it
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
Jan 21, 2016 Paul rated it liked it
Despite containing footnotes and references, Artemis Copper’s Cairo in the War is less concerned with making an argument about its eponymous topic than it is providing an accessible narrative of the period under study. Despite not being particularly academic, however, the dearth of genuinely scholarly material on Cairo during World War II makes this work, at the very least, an interesting read and a potential source of information. It even attempts to offer a social, rather than high political, ...more
Simon Binning
This book doesn't quite do what its title suggests. It does give a very readable account of how the Second World War affected Cairo (and, to some extent, the rest of Egypt), but only from the viewpoint of the various ex-pat communities - particularly the British - and the Egyptian elite. From 1914 onwards, the relationship between Britain and Egypt was a complicated one; although not technically part of the Empire, the British seem to have treated it as such, and the Egyptians naturally bridled ...more
Jul 19, 2013 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: ww2, history
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.
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Jul 07, 2012 Eleanor Brown rated it really liked it
Fascinating book covering many aspects of Egypt at this time. Very easy to read.
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I pulled this book from a pile of donations at our local library as the photo on the cover, British soldier walking with a woman in uniform, caught my attention. Plus I am always interested in the smaller picture of WW II rather than the great big picture. It was interesting to see the war from a niche perspective, though the soldiers and officers would hardly consider it in this manner. It was mostly from the British perspective (how they manipulated the political scene ) and the palace intrigu ...more
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She is the only daughter of the second Viscount Norwich and his first wife, Anne (née Clifford), and a granddaughter of Lady Diana Cooper. She has a brother, the Hon. Jason Charles Duff Bede Cooper, and a half-sister, Allegra Huston, the only child of Lord Norwich and Enrica Soma Huston, the estranged wife of American film director John Huston. She attended the French Lycee, the Convent of the Sac ...more
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