Chronicling the British military's invasion of Iraq in 1917, Eleanor Franklin Egan was an intrepid American journalist who wrote an autobiographical account of her time spent amongst British officers in the Middle East during and just after World War I. Reading Egan provides contemporary readers with possible insight into how and why the United States has inherited the United Kingdom's position in the modern Middle East.
Paul J. Rich is president of the Policy Studies Organization in Washington, D.C. and visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was the head of supervisory programs for the Ministry of Education and Culture in Qatar for twelve years. Dr. Rich is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, recipient of the Cameron Medal for social science research, and Life Governor of Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford.