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Anwar El Sadat: In Search of Identity an Autobiography Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; 1st edition (March 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060137428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060137427
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.7 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, Arabic (translation)

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Sanjay Rao on May 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Anwar Sadat's account of his lifetime and struggles is an excellent account of the conditions prevailing in Egypt during the mid and late 20th century. It gives an excellent insight into Egyptian point of view of Israel and the Arabs.
Sadat's book is a must for anyone who wants to understand contemporary Egyptian thinking and foreign policy. His influence on the current situation in the Middle East has not dimished with time.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By T. Chandrayadula on June 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Anwar Sadat in this book tells about his rise from a middle class villager to becoming Egypt's president. Anwar Sadat founded the free officers organization in the army to drive out the British from Egypt and establish self rule. As the leader of the organization he was jailed twice and had thus acheived a reputation as a patriot among the egyptian people. When in jail Abdel Nasser took over the free officers organization. Written in the book are Anwar's experiences in jail at acheiving spiritual liberation. I felt that he has not detailed this part that well. After Anwar and Abdel Nasser obtained freedom for Egypt in a bloodless revolution the book talks about about his efforts to rebuild Egypt. And he felt that for any development to occur Egypt must make peace with Israel and thus he became the first Arab leader to make peace with Israel. This was a landmark acheivement in the history of the middle east and he shared the nobel peace prize in 1978 with the Israeli premier for this. Anwar Sadat comes across as a very patriotic and a very inspired individual all through this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Adham Bahgat on May 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The book depicts few key historical incidents right from the horse's mouth...no historians around here. It's an integral testimonial in the pursuit of peace and its achievement. Changing your own self perception is the start of all changes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Robinson on July 20, 2012
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I highly enjoyed this book. Sadat in many ways was a man of tremendous wisdom and political savvy. His memoirs span his birth, the free officer movement, Nasser's reign, and Sadat's presidency. Curiously, the book ends right before the Camp David Accords as he talks about the hopes he has in working with Carter. Sadat has many fascinating insights into Egyptian politics and the Middle East. I highly recommend this book.
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