Tuesday, 31 July 2007

335 ships and 40,000 men

This month our history recent picks feature: the story of the Union Jack, Napoleon's invasion of Egypt in 1798 (involving 335 ships and 40,000 men), India after Gandhi (the history of the world's largest democracy), and more. Check out 'Bankrolling Basra', Andrew Alderson's account of his time as an officer in Britain's Territorial Army in charge of Basra's Central Bank. Given authority for over one fifth of Iraq's finances, he decides that the route to stability is to get the cash flowing again. What follows is a series of frequent, hair-raising adventures delivering suitcases, crates and binbags stuffed with millions of dollars wherever needed and by whatever means - in helicopters, speedboats, planes and landrovers...

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