MODERN EGYPT by Tom Little


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An updated and extensively recast edition of a work that first appeared in 1958, the book is a highly useful source for insights into the continuing if faltering leadership of the U.A.R. in the pan-Arabic movement as well as an analysis of its own internal concerns. While Egyptian history back to the early millennia is touched upon, the book's major utility comes from its treatment of Egypt in the twentieth century, particularly since the overthrow of the old order in 1952. As such, it is an inquiry into the role of Gamal Abdel Nasser as the exemplar of modernism. Profiling the successes and failures of this intriguing figure, the author scores him for his compulsions while praising him for his dedication and personal integrity. The book chronicles Nasser's shifting fortunes: his controversial relationship with the Eastern bloc; the 1956 Suez war; his often confusing foreign relations; the Yemen imbroglio; the manipulation of his charisma and his regional conspiracies. Ending with a recounting of the June fiasco this year, the book couldn't do a more worthwhile Job of helping to explain the muddled affairs of this troubled man and his even more distressed nation.

Publisher: Praeger