In honor of the Iraq War ending, By Desert Ways to Baghdad by Louisa Jebb is today’s Free eBook of the Day.
The book is a travel guide of the Middle East that was published in the early 1900s. Here is an excerpt from the book that explains more: “X took a pencil and marked a straight line from Constantinople across the Anatolian Plateau and the Taurus Mountains to Tarsus. ‘That looks a good point to make for,’ she said, ‘Alexander led an army over the Taurus.’ Then, having stopped within measurable distance of the sea, she drew her pencil eastwards across the Euphrates to a point on the Tigris high up in the Kurdistan mountains; from here she drew another line following the Tigris to Baghdad. At this point we were coming dangerously near the sea, so turning back she marked a line in the contrary direction across the Syrian desert to Damascus.”
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