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Cairo: The City Victorious Paperback – February 22, 2000
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Rodenbeck's book is a truly fascinating account of Cairo. It's accounts of Cairo's history and its people are extremely vivid, yet do not burden the reader with excessive and pedantic detail. The author however examines all sides of Cairo's historical development, but most importantly, Rodenbeck devotes great efforts to examining the lives and attitudes of Cairenes through the ages. It is in this respect that Cairo: The City Victorious is truly fascinating. No book that I know of has ever come this close to capturing the indomitable spirit of Cairenes and how they and their city have endured through the ages.
This book is remarkably even-handed in its treatment of Cairo, giving credit where it's due, but never shying away from criticism when it is needed. It is an educating, entertaining, and in short, excellent narrative. This book has made me understand my own home city better, and after reading it, I'm more proud than ever to be a Cairene. Thank you Mr. Rodenbeck for a wonderful book.
Rodenbeck will take the reader through 5000 years of Cairo's history and while giving him the sensation of having been in all of the city's forms from Pharonic Memphis until the present. The reader is there, in every metaphorphisis of the city, in Memphis, in Fustat, in Fatimid Al-Qahirah, in the Citerdal and the European-style quarters. This book is the closest thing that one can have to a time machine, the reader will feel as if he is there in the ancient, midevil, Mamluke and colonial times, and also in the present.
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great city and its stories and history are fascinating, having lived there I can attest to its wonderful storied roads and lanes filled with mystery... Read morePublished 20 months ago by w*
Very enjoyable book with sufficient detail and a lively style. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone travelling to Egypt.Published 22 months ago by matthew hazard
No book has fully captured the essence and spirit of Cairo the way this book did. Written with thorough research and an awe inspiring eye for detail that could only come from an... Read morePublished on February 26, 2012 by Arwa
An outstanding concise insightful documentation of not only the history of one of the oldest and greatest cities of the world, but of Egypt in total. Read morePublished on December 4, 2010 by Wael Habib
Max Rodenbeck wrote this book as though, he was speaking to me on a cafe, somewhere by the Nile.I am Egyptian, and thought I knew a lot about Cairo, but after reading this, its a... Read morePublished on August 14, 2007 by Nancy Y. Sadiq
This is a generally well-written and decently translated history of the Egyptian capital. There is more information and detail than you want at times, but the personal stories and... Read morePublished on December 21, 2006 by Blue in Washington
Max Rodenbeck, who has lived much of his life in Cairo, reveals the city through its long and varied history--from the Creation myth of On to the year 2000 with its "quickening... Read morePublished on September 13, 2006 by Judith K. Parker
I'll be visiting Cairo next month so i wanted to read something about this city.The book is not bad when it comes to history. Read morePublished on August 21, 2006 by Jorge I. Villanueva
This book was a fun and quick read. I would have probably given it 2.5-3 stars had it not been for the overrated reviews already given the book and the fact that this book was... Read morePublished on June 29, 2002