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I NEVER SAW AN ARAB LIKE HIM by James A. Maxwell

I NEVER SAW AN ARAB LIKE HIM

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Pub Date: March 25th, 1948
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin

Prophetic 13- short stories- of military red tape, regulations, international counterpoints, personality dead ends, in the area of the Jewish-Arab-British-American clash of ideas and operations... Here are the simple persons who only ride with the tide of incoming Americans; military prisoners who learn that the rules are greater than their physical resistance; foreign conquerors defeated by native passivity; Arab versus Jewish ideologies; natural instincts in combat with traditional practices. There is the feeling of an explosive state, of North Africa fermented by local, European, Italian, British, German, Japanese- conglomerate ideas of colonialism against nationalistic, religious and personal patriotisms, of strangers who learn that inherited roots go- and grow- deeper than they profess. This more or less concerns itself with top brass- but the human elements are not influenced by rank- it is the personality conflicts that are important. For some it may be that no definite stand is offered- the presentation is perhaps on the ambidextrous side, but the effect is no less telling insofar as bases of current problems are observed. In the New Yorker casual to calamitous style.