Giles Milton's sentence in page 180 of this book in fact is the root of the Smyrna tragedy. Book clearly summarizes the behind the scenes war taking place between the victors of the WWI, as well as the war between the invading Greeks -hoping to reach their Great Ideal- and the Turkish Nationalist forces to deffend their home country.
This book could have been a better one if Mr. Milton had referred to the following book and magazine articles:
The Struggle For Power In Muslim Asia, E(dward) Alexander Powell, 1923
Actualities at Smyrna by Mark Prentiss, 1924, His report can easily be read from the following link : [...] and
G. Ercole's article in Fench L'Illustration magazine dated 30 September 1922.
These articles would have added to the book a great deal. Finally for those readers who wish to know more about similar 'Paradises' lost earlier in the Levant, I highly recommend the following books:
Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews 1430-1950 by Mark Mazower Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews
The Lavender Seller by Nicholas Stavroulakis
These two books will shed a light to the readers who really want to have in depth knowledge to the events leading to occupation of the most fertile and richest city in the orient and the biggest trading hub.