From the Morning News Book section:
‘Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East by Juan Cole
Book Digest: As the bibliography of the disaster known as the Bush administration grows, a useful early distinction will be chronicle versus analysis and context. Cole, a thoughtful and imaginative scholar, offers the latter with his account of an earlier, disastrous attempt to interfere in the Arab world. As the New York Times’s Stephen Kinzer points out: “Cole’s book reminds us that today’s leaders are not the first to find the Islamic world far more complex than they imagined. It not only offers delicious stories about the private lives of invaders, but also teaches urgent lessons for the modern age.” ‘
I liked the “thoughtful and imaginative” part. :-)
Thanks to The Morning News.