A WOMAN OF EGYPT by Jehan Sadat
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A consistently involving, if occasionally hagiographic and simplistic, account of what it was like being wife, helpmate (and, from time to time, loving antagonist) of one of the 20th century's most controversial political leaders. While much of this autobiography quite naturally centers on the figure of her husband, by far the most interesting and most revealing portions are those which deal with Jehan Sadat's own development as patriot, feminist, and advocate of international understanding. Married at 16 to ex-political prisoner Anwar el-Sadat, Jehan Raouf found herself caught up in the Egyptian independence movement. In tracing the convulsions Egyptian society endured in breaking the bonds of British colonialism; in ousting the corrupt King Farouk; in the confrontations with Britain, France, the US, the Soviet Union, Israel, and, finally, the Arab States themselves, Mrs. Sadat's smoothly written story encapsulates nearly half a century of Middle Eastern history. Some readers may be puzzled (and quite possibly annoyed), however, by certain omissions. The author, for example, never discusses the accusations that have been leveled against the Sadat regime concerning the ""sell-out"" of the country to multinational interests; in Mrs. Sadat's telling, all opposition to her husband's economic policies stemmed purely from religious extremism. But despite her occasional glossing over elements of her story--elements that still deserve investigating--Jehan Sadat has in the main created a moving testamonial to her husband and to the love and respect she bore him. (16 pages of black-and-white photographs, not seen).

Pub Date: Aug. 12th, 1987
ISBN: 0743237080
Publisher: Simon & Schuster