This book takes a simple look at what it means to live in a desert. It examines basic geographical features, why people choose to live there, and dangers people might have because of living in a desert, such as extreme weather conditions. The book also looks at how people adapt to living in deserts and the different things both adults and children do in their daily lives, from desert-specific jobs to home schooling, respectively.
In December 1998 a coalition consisting of the United States, the United Kingdom and (to its surprise) Kuwait launched a war against Iraq. Officially it was to set back Saddam's WMD programs and to get weapons inspectors back in the country but by coincidence it was also when President Clinton was about to be impeached for his efforts to obstruct justice. Capt. James "Doc" Crabtree was there with his pen and ink to record the absurdity of this 70-hour war.
Also published under the title The Tragedy of the Korosko (1898). A group of European tourists are enjoying their trip to Egypt in the year 1895. They are sailing up the River Nile in a "a turtle-bottomed, round-bowed stern-wheeler," the Korosko. They intend to travel to Abousir at the southern frontier of Egypt, after which the Dervish country starts. They are attacked and abducted by a marauding band of Dervish warriors. The novel contains a strong defence of British Imperialism and in particular the Imperial project in North Africa. It also reveals the very great suspicion of Islam felt by many Europeans at the time.
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