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Sadat and After

Struggles for Egypt's Political Soul

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674280434

Publication Date: 08/29/1990

365 pages


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Raymond Baker wanted to write a book that would describe current Egyptian politics from the eyes of the men and women who constitute Egypt’s power bases… Raymond Baker’s work is a must for Mid-East FAOs as it deals honestly with Egypt’s internal politics. Being the largest population base in the Arab world and a leader in Arab and African Affairs this volume will dissect the pressures and influences in Egypt’s political structure.—Lt. Youssef H. Aboul-Enein, Foreign Area Officer Association

I have frequently been troubled at the complacency with which so many American officials look at Egypt and tend to take it for granted. There is serious need for public elaboration of those elements in Egyptian political society, which may for now be on the margins and therefore controllable, that deplore and sharply criticize the nature of the existing U.S.–Egyptian tie. Professor Baker’s manuscript effectively does this… By examining marginal groups, as he has, Professor Baker may not yet have developed an independent theory on how such groups fit into theoretical analyses of Third World societies, but he has taken a significant step in that direction.—Hermann Eilts

Baker is right to insist that Egyptian society is much more than a single leader and the Egyptian governing bureaucracy. There are alternative groups, with their own power and influence, and they do have competing views of Egypt’s future. Baker has a strong commitment to letting these groups speak for themselves. His knowledge of Egyptian society is impeccable. One hears the authentic voice of the Egyptians.—Robert L. Tignor

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