Cairo to Damascus

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This rare book by John Roy Carlson gives an unconventional and detailed account of the war for Israel’s independence. Carlson daringly goes undercover on all sides, and therefore provides a unique and captivating account of events.

“I left my country quite as uninformed, I am afraid, as are most Americans with respect to other peoples and other shores. But everywhere I went I sought to touch reality-always honestly, and always at first hand. Everywhere I clung close to the smells, the flora and fauna of native existence. In that spirit I have written of the Arabs among whom I lived. I found much good and much evil-evil acquired through a feudal order that, in my opinion, remains the Arab’s greatest enemy and his greatest barrier to emergence from the dark ages. I am grateful for Arab hospitality and the kindness I was shown, but a reporter, like a physician, must not remain blind to the ills plaguing his subject.”

About the author: John Roy Carlson is one of the many pen names of journalist Arthur Derounian. Derounian wrote for the Armenian Mirror-Spectator, Fortune Magazine, the Council Against Intolerance and the Friends of Democracy. He was a witness against American Bund leader Fritz Kuhn in 1949. In the 1950s he founded and managed the Armenian Information Service, which made a number of publications. His exposé writing has been the subject of lawsuits. Derounian is also notable for editing the controversial manifesto of Armenia’s first prime minister, Hovhannes Katchaznouni.

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