Egypt on the Brink: From Nasser to the Muslim Brotherhood

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"Short, readable, clear, and passionately written. A good introduction to Egypt's story."-Boston Globe Boston Globe "Tarek Osman, a Western-educated Egyptian banker and occasional columnist, brings the eye of an intelligent amateur to the story of this country's past half century. He writes with feeling, backed up by an impressively broad list of sources as well as sharp critical insight and astute judgement."-The Economist Economist "Osman delivers textured historical context ... and he focuses analysis more accurately than most current pundits."-Carlin Romano, The Chronicle of Higher Education -- Carlin Romano The Chronicle of Higher Education "Published a short time before thousands of Egyptians began pouring into Cairo's Tahrir Square, Egypt on the Brink is a timely account of Egypt near the end of the 30-year Mubarak era. It is presented thematically, rather than chronologically, and one of the most intriguing themes is the notion that whereas Egypt in the age of liberal nationalism (the 1920s and 1930s) and the Nasser years (1952-70) had a regional standing and a sense of national purpose, Hosni Mubarak's regime lost both this standing and this purpose as it devolved into a dreary despotism. Yet Osman writes with neither nostalgia nor disdain. Separate chapters discuss the Islamists, the Christians, the rise of liberal capitalism, and Egypt's youth. Even the conclusion, which speculates on who and what regime would replace Mubarak, now overtaken by events, offers useful thoughts on Egypt's distinctive politics."-L. Carl Brown, Foreign Affairs -- L. Carl Brown Foreign Affairs

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"'Tarek Osman, a Western-educated Egyptian banker and occasional columnist, brings the eye of an intelligent amateur to the story of this country's past half century. He writes with feeling, backed up by an impressively broad list of sources as well as sharp critical insight and astute judgement.' (The Economist) 'Osman writes with a focused and uncluttered style which will retain the interest of even the most general reader.' (Joyce Tyldesley, Financial Times) 'Full marks to Tarek Osman and Yale University Press for the bull's eye title of Egypt on the Brink.' (Boyd Tonkin, The Independent) 'A well researched and closely argued book.' (John R. Bradley, Literary Review) 'Osman paints a colourful and convincing picture of the decline of Mubarak's rule... A compelling account of how the various combustile ingredients of revolution came together, awaiting the final spark.' (Gerald Butt, Times Literary Supplement) 'Osman, a native Egyptian, brings considerable insight to his country's problems and analyses the changes that have occurred... This book is an excellent guide to what ought to be the leading Arab state.' (North and South)"

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