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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.—Keith Wheelock
“With the facilities of Nasser’s office at his disposal, Keith Wheelock in this book, has been able to interview government members and dig into certain state archives, unhampered by the usual restrictions besetting the political commentator. The result is an intimate analysis of recent Egyptian history.
“Well documented, this exciting and informative analysis should have a wide appeal in view of the Suez Canal seizure, the armed threat staged by France, England and Israel in 1956, and the current rearmament against Israel.”—Kirkus Review