A wonderful excerpt from Hanns Ebensten's final book, "Egypt In My Blood", appears in the current issue of OUT Traveler. It’s an account of the parties held on boats traveling on the Nile that Hanns attended or hosted over the years. I love this passage not only for the elegant prose but for the insight into international political attitudes.
“When my Key West massage therapist joined the cruise at the time of the second Gulf War, when America's invasive military presence in the Arab countries was resented and feared there, he did not consider that "dressing up" suited his macho image and had brought along a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot's olive-drab flight-suit with all the insignia on it. I feared that his provocative appearance in it would offend our ship's officers and crew and gave him a kefiye to wear with it--that checkered square of soft cloth, the most attractive head-covering devised for man--so that he would look like a Suadi airman; but he did not put it on and when he strode into the lounge with his sinister dark sunglasses, scowling manfully to suit his role, the crew members did not feel threatened but, always ready to share a joke, called out: "Bush! President Bush!," laughed, and mockingly saluted him.”