The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square
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 the world and has turned its gaze to Egypt, however. A half century ago, Egypt under...more
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published October 7th 2011 by Oxford University Press
(first published September 2nd 2011)
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Cook's history of 20th-21st century Egypt is certainly detailed and intends to paint a comprehensive picture of Egyptian politics throughout the last approximately 90 years. The writing is clear and consistent, but also sort of formulaic. I read the whole book for a class but I think it would be more useful/interesting to read if you had a specific political period or event in Egyptian history in mind. Though the book is nominally about why the January 2011 uprising occurred, there isn't much an...more
This was a very good history of 20-21st century Egypt. I learned a lot, particularly about the colonial and the Nasser eras. The writing was good (though not great) and it did a great job of filing in some of the gaps in my knowledge about Egyptian history. I would have liked a bit more detail about the recent revolution, but that's a big ask of a historian for an event that took place so recently.