The Wind of Morning: The Autobiography of Hugh Boustead. - Hugh BousteadLondon: Chatto & Windus, 1974, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Previous owners' name & date to the first blank.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Maps;
From the cover: “Colonel Sir Hugh Boustead began his career inauspiciously by deserting as a midshipman from the Royal Navy in 1915 in order to see service with the South African Scottish in France, where he fought as a private soldier and junior officer from the Somme to the Armistice. He spent a year in the steppes with Denikin’s White Army, and another four years’ service as an officer in his regiment, the Gordon Highlanders, in Turkey and the Mediterranean; later he found himself in the Sudan commanding the Camel Corps. Some of his most eventful experiences occurred in the Second World War in the campaign to restore the Emperor of Ethiopia to his throne.
This is much more than the record of an extraordinary military career, however: Sir Hugh Boustead has spent the greater part of his life in service to undeveloped countries. Establishing tribal peace, improving local agriculture, building schools and medical centres, training young Sudanese and Arab administrators — these were his tasks, delightfully recounted, in the Western Sudan, the Hadhramaut and Muscat and Oman in Southern Arabia, and in Abu Dhabi.
At odd intervals in his life he represented Britain in the Olympics, explored the Western Desert with Bagnold and undertook some redoubtable climbs in the Alps and the Himalayas, culminating in the 1933 Everest expedition.
His descriptions of people and places and events are sharply observed and convey vividly and immediately to the reader the zest with which he has lived every moment of his remarkable life.”