16th December, 2014
December 16, 2014 – Bayside, CA USA
Wake Up Running - Of Special Interest to Middle East Travel and History Buffs
Editions Tilleul announces the publication of Wake Up Running, David Egee’s memoir about his career and travels in the Middle East.
Born in Newtown, Connecticut, Egee overcame a 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, working out of Dubai, he established hospitals throughout the Middle East (Libya, Saudi Arabia, Iran) in the 1970s, 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 company, eventually setting up and staffing over 50 hospitals and nursing homes in England.
Finally selling out at age of 68, he retired with enough money to take care of himself and his family and live comfortably for the rest of his life. He now divides his time between London and the south of France.
It wasn’t always easy. Egee faced political as well as social and cultural obstacles. One of the last Westerners to leave Libya after Gaddafi’s militia began hassling foreigners on the street, he was warned not to attract attention so he drove his newly purchased car to the airport, left the keys on the seat, boarded the plane and departed. In spite of his vanishing overnight, the Libyan government continued to send payments to his company for a hospital he was never able to build!
Wake up Running features so many remarkable accomplishments (overcoming ADHD; Middle East career in Libya, Kuwait, Lebanon at a time of international crisis; London-based, UK nursing home principal; Director of the American Hospital in Beirut; childhood in Newtown CT, 40 years before the infamous bloodbath) it's almost impossible to single one episode out. Nevertheless, his touching account of his father's death with dignity is the highpoint of the book for me. You can feel the author's emotions as he narrates an event that turns out to be an insightful forerunner for today's burgeoning call for greater tolerance of the right to die when and as one chooses.
Noted travel author Brigid Keenan had this to say about Wake up Running: “I read David Egee's book with the wonderful title, Wake Up Running... I loved his honesty and the way the book is written — it is so direct and easy to read and it is fascinating to follow his journey as decisions made, luck, and events take him so far from his beginnings.”
~ Brigid Keenan is an author and journalist. She has worked as an editor on Nova Magazine, The Observer, and The Sunday Times.
For those considering an expatriate career — specifically, the capability of working, traveling, and living overseas — David Egee's book, Wake Up Running is a blueprint on how to overcome obstacles and how to succeed.
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