The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square

Paperback | February 12, 2013

bySteven A. Cook

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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 linchpin of the US's Middle East strategy, receiving more aid than any nation except Israel. This is not the first time that theworld 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, Steven Cook - a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations - 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 thenation'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 - thedemonstrations that convulsed Tahrir Square and overthrew an entrenched regime.Throughout Egypt's history, there has been an intense debate to define what Egypt is, what it stands for, and its relation to the world. Egyptians now have an opportunity to finally answer these questions. Doing so in a way that appeals to the vast majority of Egyptians, Cook notes, will bedifficult but ultimately necessary if Egypt is to become an economically dynamic and politically vibrant society.

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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 linchpin of the US's Middle East strategy, receiving more aid than any nation except Israel. This is not the first time that theworld and has turned its gaze to Egypt, how...

Steven A. Cook is the Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. A leading expert on Arab and Turkish politics, Cook is the author of Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:424 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:February 12, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199931771

ISBN - 13:9780199931774

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AcknowledgementsMapsIntroduction: Hassan1. Egypt for the Egyptians2. The Rise of the Officers3. Setback and Revolt4. Hero of the Crossing5. A Tale of Two Egypts6. Radar Contact Lost7. Zamalek LobbiesBibliography