New York: Viking Press. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 1948. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 183 pages; Former owner's bookplate on ffep (cated 1949), otherwise clean and tight in original tan cloth binding in yellow & purple dustjacket (edgeworn and price-clipped). Maugham served in World War II from 1939 to 1945, first with the 8th Army in North Africa and later with the Middle East Intelligence Centre. Working with Arabs of all classes - from veteran chieftains to the young camel guide who led him miles out of his way on the desert so that he might spend a night with his recent bride --Maugham gained a deep insight into the peculiar individualism of this independent nomadic people. He came to know such experienced leaders of the desert at Sir John Glubb and Altounyan. His sympsthetic and frankly partisan account is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the special importance of this area in world politics. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. . (Inventory #: 37726)
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