Cairo to Damascus
Genres Travel Writing
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.