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Zahos Hadjifotiou is a Greek best-selling author who met success from his first book. He has written dozens of books, many of them translated into foreign languages. All his books are best sellers. The Middle East Affairs recounts Zahos' adventures in legendary events of WWII (siege of Tobruk, battles of El Alamein and Rimini), with all its tragedy and specific details, ex Zahos Hadjifotiou is a Greek best-selling author who met success from his first book. He has written dozens of books, many of them translated into foreign languages. All his books are best sellers. The Middle East Affairs recounts Zahos' adventures in legendary events of WWII (siege of Tobruk, battles of El Alamein and Rimini), with all its tragedy and specific details, exactly as they were experienced by the writer. All stories are true and based on the author's experiences, not based on descriptions as are used by many war historian authors. At the same time, it is a vivid depiction of the cosmopolitan and aristocratic urban environments of Alexandria, Cairo, and Beirut during those turbulent years when death was highly probable and people tried to enjoy life to the fullest. Zahos Hadjifotiou is a remarkable and fearless individual who lived life to the fullest, fighting in battles as fiercely as he loved, partied, and enjoyed life. Book Review "A World War II veteran recounts firsthand horrors on bloody battlefields and passionate liaisons in Middle Eastern nightclubs as a Grecian soldier. Hadjifotiou's (Games of Passion in Mykonos, 2015) life was interrupted by war, with Mussolini's invasion of Greece spurring him to leave home and join the fight against the Axis powers. He enlisted in the British army and found himself in the port city of Tobruk, Libya. Here, he was one of history's famous "Desert Rats"-men who spent eight months of hell under siege by Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's troops: "Thirty-five thousand wounded and several thousand dead." Hadjifotiou's reputation as one of Tobruk's heroes afforded him numerous promotions and military decorations. He was eventually assigned to pilot a crane named "Mac" to salvage Allied vehicles and save trapped soldiers. Between the siege and battles against German forces in both El Alamein, Egypt, and Rimini, Italy, he spent many of his nights with fellow soldiers acting out in the urbane nightclubs of Egypt, and later Beirut, seeking pleasure and luxury with alcohol and women. The author recalls his wartime adventures with a dry romanticism, never shying away from his experiences, be they vodka-fueled nights or hand-to-hand combat on the battlefield. Hadjifotiou is short-tempered and apolitical, prone to nostalgia in unexpected ways-the soldier recalls his crane with more sentimentality than his whirlwind marriage to a French general's daughter. When reunited with his lost love, Yuki Russell, a Jewish-American singer he met early in the war, his enthusiasm will likely seem shocking to some, as he seemed to have all but forgotten her before. There's no sugarcoating these oddities, no rationalizations made for these arrogant or reckless turns any more than for the heroic ones. The closest the book comes to indemnifying the actions of any-from womanizing to looting-is to maintain that those who were not there cannot know. The autobiography is remarkably concise, perhaps to its detriment-it's unlikely readers will feel transported to nightclubs or war zones with its minimalist approach. A pithy and unapologetic memoir, as much about the good times of war as the bad." - Kirkus Reviews August 19, 2016


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Zahos Hadjifotiou is a Greek best-selling author who met success from his first book. He has written dozens of books, many of them translated into foreign languages. All his books are best sellers. The Middle East Affairs recounts Zahos' adventures in legendary events of WWII (siege of Tobruk, battles of El Alamein and Rimini), with all its tragedy and specific details, ex Zahos Hadjifotiou is a Greek best-selling author who met success from his first book. He has written dozens of books, many of them translated into foreign languages. All his books are best sellers. The Middle East Affairs recounts Zahos' adventures in legendary events of WWII (siege of Tobruk, battles of El Alamein and Rimini), with all its tragedy and specific details, exactly as they were experienced by the writer. All stories are true and based on the author's experiences, not based on descriptions as are used by many war historian authors. At the same time, it is a vivid depiction of the cosmopolitan and aristocratic urban environments of Alexandria, Cairo, and Beirut during those turbulent years when death was highly probable and people tried to enjoy life to the fullest. Zahos Hadjifotiou is a remarkable and fearless individual who lived life to the fullest, fighting in battles as fiercely as he loved, partied, and enjoyed life. Book Review "A World War II veteran recounts firsthand horrors on bloody battlefields and passionate liaisons in Middle Eastern nightclubs as a Grecian soldier. Hadjifotiou's (Games of Passion in Mykonos, 2015) life was interrupted by war, with Mussolini's invasion of Greece spurring him to leave home and join the fight against the Axis powers. He enlisted in the British army and found himself in the port city of Tobruk, Libya. Here, he was one of history's famous "Desert Rats"-men who spent eight months of hell under siege by Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's troops: "Thirty-five thousand wounded and several thousand dead." Hadjifotiou's reputation as one of Tobruk's heroes afforded him numerous promotions and military decorations. He was eventually assigned to pilot a crane named "Mac" to salvage Allied vehicles and save trapped soldiers. Between the siege and battles against German forces in both El Alamein, Egypt, and Rimini, Italy, he spent many of his nights with fellow soldiers acting out in the urbane nightclubs of Egypt, and later Beirut, seeking pleasure and luxury with alcohol and women. The author recalls his wartime adventures with a dry romanticism, never shying away from his experiences, be they vodka-fueled nights or hand-to-hand combat on the battlefield. Hadjifotiou is short-tempered and apolitical, prone to nostalgia in unexpected ways-the soldier recalls his crane with more sentimentality than his whirlwind marriage to a French general's daughter. When reunited with his lost love, Yuki Russell, a Jewish-American singer he met early in the war, his enthusiasm will likely seem shocking to some, as he seemed to have all but forgotten her before. There's no sugarcoating these oddities, no rationalizations made for these arrogant or reckless turns any more than for the heroic ones. The closest the book comes to indemnifying the actions of any-from womanizing to looting-is to maintain that those who were not there cannot know. The autobiography is remarkably concise, perhaps to its detriment-it's unlikely readers will feel transported to nightclubs or war zones with its minimalist approach. A pithy and unapologetic memoir, as much about the good times of war as the bad." - Kirkus Reviews August 19, 2016

31 review for Middle East Affairs: War Adventures in Tobruk, El Alamein and Rimini

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    I won this book on Goodreads Giveaways and I was quite excited as International Relations is an area of interest for me. However I was disappointed. This book was less about Middle East Affairs and more a self glorifying expose about one mans war time exploits... If you are looking for something informative and political this book is not for you, just as it was not for me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Edward Dwyer

    I don't understand how this book could be written after 55+ years with so much detail. It seemed more like a Hollywood movie screenplay. So, assuming it all happened the way it was written, this guy had quite an adventure during those years. I feel though that more emphasis was put on the women/love and partying aspect, but not by too much. I will though say that whoever edited it should be fired. I came across instance after instance of bad or missing punctuation, spelling errors and missing le I don't understand how this book could be written after 55+ years with so much detail. It seemed more like a Hollywood movie screenplay. So, assuming it all happened the way it was written, this guy had quite an adventure during those years. I feel though that more emphasis was put on the women/love and partying aspect, but not by too much. I will though say that whoever edited it should be fired. I came across instance after instance of bad or missing punctuation, spelling errors and missing letters, grammar errors, etc. For awhile I thought I was reading an advanced copy and kept checking the cover to make sure I wasn't. All in all, read it. It's 170+ pages and goes by quickly.

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