Nasser's New Egypt: A Critical Analysis

Nasser's New Egypt: A Critical Analysis

Nasser's New Egypt: A Critical Analysis

Nasser's New Egypt: A Critical Analysis

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A study of Egypt since the Revolution provides insight into many of the major problems confronting the world today. The phenomenon of military regimes replacing civilian governments throughout the Afro-Asian world is of urgent concern to the West and to the Communists alike. Gamal Abdel Nasser's peculiar brand of neutralism has thrust Egypt into the center of the cold war. The problems of internal development facing this country are similar to those encountered in many of the underdeveloped areas of the world. And Nasser's appeals for Arab unity reflect the growing movement toward greater regional cooperation, a hallmark of the twentieth century.

This book is not intended to be a history of Egypt of the past seven years; rather, it is an analysis of the contemporary scene. While I have endeavored to present the highlights of the period since the military coup of 1952, my primary purpose has been to analyze Nasser's military regime.

The study of an entire country is a difficult task for one person. It is all the more difficult in the case of Egypt, where an authoritarian government and widespread censorship compound the problems of research. Thus, I realized at the outset that this study could be completed only with the cooperation of President Nasser himself. His approval was not easy to obtain. Indeed, several of his advisers informed me that my request was presumptuous--that I needed no such guarantee to conduct my study. I felt, however, that I could not enjoy the freedom of action essential to my work without the President's personal support.

In September, 1957, when my request had not been met, I abandoned the entire project. But my homeward journey was interrupted by a telegram awaiting my plane's arrival in Paris: President Nasser wished to see me the following day. He graciously acceded to my request and placed the facilities of the . . .

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