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Travels with George: Patton does Cairo

General Patton reports that the Egyptian capital as of December 1943 is "really a disgusting place. … The Egyptian peasant, who abounds in large numbers, is distinctly lower than the Sicilian whom up until that time I considered the bottom of the human curve."

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General Patton reports that the Egyptian capital as of December 1943 is "really a disgusting place. ... The Egyptian peasant, who abounds in large numbers, is distinctly lower than the Sicilian whom up until that time I considered the bottom of the human curve."

General Patton reports that the Egyptian capital as of December 1943 is "really a disgusting place. … The Egyptian peasant, who abounds in large numbers, is distinctly lower than the Sicilian whom up until that time I considered the bottom of the human curve."

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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