With the facilities of Nasser's office at his disposal, Keith Wheelock in this book, has been able to interview government members and dig into certain state archives, unhampered by the usual restrictions besetting the political commentator. The result is an intimate analysis of recent Egyptian history. Forced to accept a British protectorate during World War I, Egyptians seethed with nationalist feelings and formed parties such as the Wafd and Saadists which represented rich Egyptians in their fight for the removal of British control. Then, in 1952 a group of ""Free Officers"" under the leadership of Nasser and Naguib overthrew this clique headed by Farouk. A military dictatorship, it redistributed land in favor of small farmers, increased soil production, and encouraged industrialization. Frustrated by internal problems, Nasser then began to concentrate on international issues which resulted in tightening the link between Arab states, but which also heightened tension between Egypt and Israel. This tension culminated in Nasser's deal with Russia to the detriment of the New Jewish state, an alliance which has challenged his position as the leader of the United Arab movement. Well documented, this exciting and informative analysis should have a wide appeal in view of the Suez Canal seizure, the armed threat staged by France, England and Israel in 1956, and the current rearmament against Israel. A clear portrait of a master tactician, but a weak strategist.