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- DescriptionThis tell-all memoir covers David Egee's 40-year career in hospital administration in England, the USA, and throughout the Middle East. It features fascinating behind the scene glimpses of the politics throughout the Middle East and in the American University in Beirut and its hospital. ADHD as a child, Egee suffered through many years of reading and writing impairment. I was ADHD before the expression became a household word. Egee overcame his learning handicap to become the Director of the American Hospital in Beirut at the age of 35, dealing with such Middle Eastern luminaries as Yasser Arafat and Muammar Gaddafi. Later, he established hospitals throughout the Middle East, just before the region exploded. In the 1980s, he worked for Hospital Corp. of America (HCA) in England, setting up hospitals and nursing homes. When HCA bowed out of Britain, he founded his own nursing home company. From there, he went on to create and own a string of nursing homes in England, finally selling out at age of 68 and retiring with eugh money to take care of his family and live comfortably for the rest of his life. I was raised in Newtown, CT, a small, idyllic New England rural farming community 60 miles from New York City. In the 1950s, Newtown was evolving into a residential and light industry area for middle and upper-middle class people starting new families. There were just eugh rich upper class New Yorkers creating second homes to give the town an air of exclusivity. It was a Saturday Evening Post magazine-cover community with all the Norman Rockwell characters you can imagine, a far cry from the infamous Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting event that took place there in 2012, 76 years after I was born. By my 3rd year in school, I began to realize that I was t the smartest student in the class. John Verdery, the headmaster of the Wooster School described my deficiency in his book, Partial Recall: The Afterthoughts of a Schoolmaster, 'David was the dumbest student we ever had at the school.' This refrain was echoed throughout my educational career. Fortunately, Verdery believed in me as a person and acted as one of my mentors. Later on, I consoled myself in the belief that you don't need to be too intelligent to be educated, and you don't have to be educated to be successful. You just have to work harder and ' wake up running.' I believe I was genetically attuned to challenges. Education was a challenge - a difficult task, but I got through it. I wrote Wake up Running because it was a challenge and because it was there to write. Once, after I finished telling my daughter about negotiations with Yasser Arafat, my experiences in Libya, and the day that Muammar Gadhafi distributed his 'Green Book' to every single individual living in Libya, and anunced that Libya was w a Jamahiriya, she asked me, 'Pappy, why don't you write these stories down?' Studs Turkle wrote a n-fiction book in 1974 titled: Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, an entire 640 page book of ordinary people being interviewed about their employment experiences. The book became extremely popular. I imagine that his interviewees enjoyed talking to Turkle and they enjoyed talking about themselves. I am one of those people who, after looking back on my life, decided that I wanted to talk out loud about my life because I believe it will interest other people. Having finished writing my story, I w realize that writing about oneself leaves one exposed to criticism - and ridicule - perhaps even to shame. The author, Stephen King, wrote in his book, Stephen King On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft that if you wanted to write your autobiography you had to '...get right down into the cellar of your life.' I haven't pulled any punches or left anything out. From cellar to attic, I stand by my achievements.
- Author BiographyBorn in Newtown, CT in the late 1940s, David Egee overcame dyslexia and other academic handicaps to become the director of the American Hospital in Beirut (Lebanon) in the 1960s and 70s, where he interacted with many of the key players in mid-20th century Middle East history: Yasser Arafat, ministers in the Muammar Gaddafi government, Lebanese government officials. Forced to leave Lebanon because of the civil war, he worked for Hospital Corporation of America, establishing hospitals throughout the Middle East. Later, settling in London with his family, he became one of the pioneers in the hospital and nursing home industry in Great Britain under the Thatcher Government. Now retired, he spends his time between London and Languedoc in the south of France working on writing and photography.
- Author(s)David Egee
- PublisherLife Force Books
- Date of Publication16/10/2014
- SubjectTravel & Holiday Guides: General
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintEditions Tilleul
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight268 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine12 mm
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