This book looks at British involvement in England and how that involvement helped to shape Egypt in the 20th Century. Barthorp briefly touches on Napoleon's brief conquest of Egypt, followed by British and Ottoman forces. It was the construction of the Suez Canal and the strategic implications it had for the British Empire which led to more aggressive involvement in Egyptian affairs, ultimately leading to Dual Control of Egypt by France and England following the insolvency of the Egyptian government. Active British campaigns in Egypt and the Sudan became just one more chapter in the history of British colonialism.
The quality of writing is good, but descriptions of some of the battles and campaigns would have been better served by maps. The photos used to illustrate the book are excellent, as are many of the contemporary artistic renditions included in the work. Although no longer in print it is worth looking for.