THE WAR IN THE CRADLE OF THE WORLD: Mesopotamia.
Edition: First printing.
New York: Harper & Brothers, (1918.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Although this book - focusing on the British Expeditionary Force in Iraq during World War I - was hailed for its timeliness upon publication in 1918 (before the war ended), it remains just timely and important now. Egan was an American reporter for the Saturday Evening Post and had significant access to the British forces: she was a guest of Commander Maude at the time of his death (from tainted milk.) Although she admired the British military, her descriptions reveal the underlying racism, assumption of superiority and brutality of their occupation - a brutality which led to the 1920 Iraqui uprising and reverberates in events today. For example, ""Then a flying column marches out and administers what is humorously described as Ôa little injustice.Õ That is, they burn a reed-hut village or two and maybe gather up some plunder on their own account in the form of flocks and herds. "It is a cheerful little game, but it is very rapidly losing its popularity among the Arabs." (p 225.) This is a vividly written book, full of descriptions of the land and people, illustrated with photographs by the author and one still worth reading. 372 pp.
Condition: Just about fine in black cloth with gilt lettering (some pages still unopened, synopsis from dust jacket flap tipped onto front pastedown.)