“Project Egypt: A Politically Incorrect View,” a recently released book by Mr. Pat, offers a no-holds-barred account of working within a society rife with corruption that is funded by the American taxpayer. Written with humor and poignancy, the author details the M.A.S.H.-like frustrations, surprises and even dangers that come with being an American doing business with the military regimes in the Third World.
“Project Egypt” is a construction project based in Cairo. The purpose of the project is to build the Egyptian Army and its corrupt general a new computer center to track the military hardware America furnishes to maintain the balance of power between Egypt and Israel. The project, awarded to an American and Egyptian joint venture, funded by the American taxpayer, managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, overseen by the U.S. Office of Military Cooperation and built to American standards impossible to meet in the Third World, is an insight into bureaucratic military waste and Third World corruption.
While highlighting the sometimes-ridiculous scenes and politics surrounding the project, Mr. Pat also describes the way of life for the citizens outside the military compound. Poverty and indifference are daily challenges for the citizens of Egypt, who have lived the same way since the land was ruled by pharaohs. The author also offers insight into the goodness of the Egyptian people and the awe-inspiring moments spent in the ancient Middle East metropolis. By offering a unique glimpse inside a society often shielded from American view, Patrick offers humor and compassion about a society foreign to his upbringing.
Patrick’s journey into the world of Islam began in Cairo. He spent the next six years in military installations, on the back streets of Cairo, in the villages, and in the Sinai Desert. “Project Egypt: A Politically Incorrect View” reflects on his attempts at assimilation into the Muslim world.
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