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'As hard to put down as good fiction. The research is wide, detailed and scrupulous. It is hard to think, on finishing, how this demanding book could have been handled better, more lucidly or more entertaining' (Patrick Leigh Fermor, Times Literary Supplement)

'This informative and enjoyable book puts political history side-by-side with the personal sub-history of the characters who determined it . . . a mine of entertaining anecdotes' (Rana Kabbani, Observer)

'What lifts it out of the ordinary is the sparkle of the writing and its command of the background' (P. H. Newby, Sunday Telegraph)

'Much more than a lively and amusing social history. With enormous skill she has shaped it into a gripping account of the progress of the war itself and of the fortunes of its major protagonists. The result is bracing and salutary and very readable indeed' (Charles Allen, Sunday Times)

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For troops in the desert, Cairo meant fleshpots or brass hats. For well-connected officers, it meant polo at the Gezira Club and drinks at Shepheard's. For the irregular warriors, Cairo was a city to throw legendary parties before the next mission behind enemy lines. For countless refugees, it was a stopping place in the long struggle home.

The political scene was dominated by the British Ambassador Sir Miles Lampson. In February 1942 he surrounded the Abdin Palace with tanks and attempted to depose King Farouk. Five months later it looked as if the British would be thrown out of Egypt for good. Rommel's forces were only sixty miles from Alexandria - but the Germans were pushed back and Cairo life went on.

Meanwhile, in the Egyptian Army, a handful of young officers were thinking dangerous thoughts.

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Ayant vécu la guerre 39-45 au Caire j'ai eu grand plaisir à retrouver dans cet ouvrage tout et plus de ce que j'ai entendu et vu sans
le comprendre car j'étais alors trop jeune! ce livre est un document exceptionnel,qui fourmille d'informations diverses et toujours
passionnantes. Ce n'est pas du tout un livre rébarbatif:il aborde tous les sujets avec souci de dire le vrai.J'ai eu le plaisir de me retrouver dans cette ville que j'ai beaucoup aimée:il est dommage qu'il n'existe pas ,à ma connaissance d'album de photos de cette
ville, à cette époque!
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Superb book. Artemis Cooper is a wonderful storyteller and historian. Contrary to many British novelists and historian (Lawrence Durrel, Morehead ..), Cooper has shown a deep understanding of this city during the war, from a British as well as Egyptian perspective. Her description of the impact of the 4 Feb 1942 incident on the Egyptian people is impressive.
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HASH(0x9f325048) étoiles sur 5 A trip back in time to a city more and less genteel 17 mars 2004
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A must for anyone with an interest in the reality and romance of a truly romantic city between 1939 and 1945.
One can feel the heat of the afternoon, smell the perfume of comfortable ladies and almost taste the cocktails in Shepeard's Hotel.
For those of you interested in the other reality, there are more things happening behind the scenes in this little book than the average fictional thriller.
My father once told me that Churchill is reported to have said "If the Germans do cross into Egypt, they will be thrown back by sheer weight of officers in Shepeard's Hotel". Perhaps he was right! 'Cairo in the war' is a wonderful read.
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HASH(0x9f3254b0) étoiles sur 5 A dense & thoroughly researched book: general interest to WW2 students, Desert Campaign descendants & those who like a good tale 7 mai 2014
Par Suzi Stembridge - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This work brings modern history alive but it also provides an insight into the 'whole world' of celebrities, politicians, royalty and people in high places who made their way to Cairo, Egypt and the Middle East during WW2. As a historical perspective of a place which was often colourful but equally caught up in bursts of war between periods of relative safety it is a thorough portrayal. For those who had relatives and ancestors who endured the horrendous conditions and then never spoke of that time on their return it is an eye-opener and sad reflection of the raw horror of war as well as it's lighter moments, in no small part relieved by the eccentricities of the characters who found themselves in the Middle East at this time. Perhaps more importantly, especially for younger readers it throws some light on the decisions made by Churchill and the generals and politicians which still have ramifications even today.
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HASH(0x9f3254d4) étoiles sur 5 Egypt in Time of War 23 décembre 2011
Par russell w hardy - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A very interesting book about life in Cairo during WW II. The best sections deal with the nuances ogf Anglo-Egyption politics. To say the least, the Egyptians were conflicted about the outcome, and, in any case, wanted the British to leave sooner rather than later. There are interesting parts about the personalities involved, the social scene and details of the conflict in the Western Desert and elsewhere in the Mediterranean and Middle East.
There could have been a little more said about espionage involving the Allies and the Axis, but this is a mere quibble.
I still don't understand why used copies of this book are so expensive.
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HASH(0x9f3254bc) étoiles sur 5 ’ When good Champagne ran out at the famous Shepheard’s Hotel in ... 21 avril 2015
Par Holly - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Artemis Cooper’s Cairo in the War: 1939-1945 provides a compelling account of privileged foreign society in Egypt leaving no wonder as to why the British Crown held so tightly to the country as a colony. Flitting about from private clubs to exclusive restaurants, the Cairo high society carried on as if no war existed at all. Worlds away from the thundering bombs of night raids on London, the elite class of soldiers and aristocrats knew nothing of wartime rationing either. Shops ‘were packed with butter, sugar, eggs and paraffin.’ When good Champagne ran out at the famous Shepheard’s Hotel in 1943, ‘there was no shortage of Algerian, Palestinian or South African wine.’ As the nightlife raged on, Cairo saw no shortage of promiscuity; from overworked prostitutes, the Egyptian King Farouk’s married girlfriends, and untold numbers of broken marriages, Cooper exposes Cairo’s bed hopping and sexual scandals. Everything about elite life in Cairo proved exciting and Cooper’s book reads like a ‘who’s who’ of wartime society: Vivien Leigh and Josephine Baker performed in the Opera House while Lawrence Durrell, Olivia Manning, and Christopher Sykes chatted at Groppi’s Café. The Hungarian Count Almasy, King George of Greece, and King Peter of Yugoslavia, all took their residences in Cairo. From time to time, however, the realities of war intruded on Cooper’s Cairene high society reminding them of the constant threat from German troops under Field Marshall Rommel as he waged battle after battle from the desert perimeters across North Africa.
Cooper tells a captivating story of the War in Cairo through people who ‘were close to the great events’ and ‘whose names will be remembered in history.’ Cooper makes little more than a mention of how the War affected ordinary Egyptians, and rightfully so, since his principal characters paid little attention to the common people. But as the curtain closes on the War, ordinary Egyptian people thrust themselves onto the scene and began to take control of their own narratives. Cooper’s account of revolutionary Egypt deftly covers the burning of Cairo on ‘Black Saturday’ and the Palace Coup of 1952, when Egyptians finally seized control of their own country. Here, Cooper finishes his story about Cairo, because life as British elites knew it there came to an end. Nothing remained. With new leadership, Egyptians ‘looked forward to a just society’ long overdue. But despite this new beginning for Egyptians, one cannot help but feel a twinge of sadness for the loss of the life and times of privilege, glamour, excitement, and intrigue that Cooper so brilliantly describes.
Deftly Fed up with shifting political alliances between the palace, the Wafd and the British, political assassinations prompt retaliations and British attempts to maintain control backfired. Riots on January 26, 1952 saw the burning and destruction of all things foreign in Cairo on ‘Black Saturday.’ Six months later, in a ‘bloodless revolution’ the Free Officers forced the King out of Egypt and took control of their own country. Here, Cooper finishes his story about Cairo, because the life as British elites knew it there came to an end. Nothing of it remained. With the new leadership, Egyptians ‘looked forward to a just society,’ one long overdue. But despite this new beginning for Egyptians, one cannot help but feel a twinge of sadness at the loss of the life of excitement, privilege, glamour, and intrigue that Cooper so brilliantly describes.
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HASH(0x9f325924) étoiles sur 5 Cairo As It Was 3 novembre 2013
Par C. L. Shain - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If you read Olivia Manning's Balkan Trilogy and The Levant Trilogy, combined as Fortunes of War, or if you saw the superb PPS production: Fortunes of War then CAIRO IN THE WAR 1939-1945 is for you. The author, Artemis Cooper does meticulous research and then writes her story with page turning enthusiasm. If you visited Cairo or have watched the Arab Spring unfold you owe it to yourself to know what Cairo was like before..a city of infinite charm whose story Cooper re-tells.

If you have not read FORTUNES OF WAR don't delay order it and CAIRO IN THE WAR from Amazon. I envy you reading them for the first time. What hours of pleasure and discovery await!
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