Cairo in the War: 1939-45 (Anglais) Broché – 24 octobre 2013
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'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)
Présentation de l'éditeur
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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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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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.
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.
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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