The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square

ISBN : 9780199795260

Steven Cook
424 Pages
163 x 235 mm
Pub date
Nov 2011
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The recent revolution in Egypt has shaken the Arab world to its roots. The most populous Arab country and the historical center of Arab intellectual life, Egypt is a lynchpin of the US's Middle East strategy, receiving more aid than any nation except Israel. This is not the first time that the world and has turned its gaze to Egypt, however. A half century ago, Egypt under Nasser became the putative leader of the Arab world and a beacon for all developing nations. Yet in the decades prior to the 2011 revolution, it was ruled over by a sclerotic regime plagued by nepotism and corruption. During that time, its economy declined into near shambles, a severely overpopulated Cairo fell into disrepair, and it produced scores of violent Islamic extremists such as Ayman al-Zawahiri and Mohammed Atta. In The Struggle for Egypt, noted regional specialist Steven Cook explains how this parlous state of affairs came to be, why the revolution occurred, and where Egypt might be headed next. A sweeping account of Egypt in the modern era, it incisively chronicles all of the nation's central historical episodes: the decline of British rule, the rise of Nasser and his quest to become a pan-Arab leader, Egypt's decision to make peace with Israel and ally with the United States, the assassination of Sadat, the emergence of the Muslim Brotherhood, and-finally-the demonstrations that convulsed Tahrir Square and overthrew an entrenched regime.


Table of Contents
Introduction: Hassan
Chapter I: Egypt for the Egyptians
Chapter II: The Rise of the Officers
Chapter III: Setback and Revolt
Chapter IV: Hero of the Crossing
Chapter V: A Tale of Two Egypts
Chapter VI: Radar Contact Lost
Chapter VII: Zamalek Lobbies

About the author: 

Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, and author of Ruling, Not Governing (Johns Hopkins University Press)

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