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That said, I only got about 2/3 through this book before putting it down and never finishing it.
A highly recommended text for the history reader, political scientist, or anyone wishing to make further sense of the Middle East as it is known today.
When I pre-ordered the book in July, I had only been familiar with Cole's writing in his blog Informed Comment (a staple in my morning reading).
White European aggression against Muslim Middle Eastern people began with The Crusades; but its "Modern" paradigm was Napoleon's 1798 invasion of Egypt. Read morePublished 14 months ago by jack m
I was about to write 'timely' with regard to Juan Coles book on Napoleons invasion of Egypt in 1798 but that would have been the case if it had been published in 2002/03 prior to... Read morePublished 14 months ago by S Wood
Don't be mistaken! This book does not deal so much with Egypt or even with Napoleon but rather very specifically with his military campaign in that country in 1798. Read morePublished on August 19, 2010 by Pierre Gauthier
Don't be mistaken! This book does not deal so much with Egypt or even with Napoleon but rather very specifically with his military campaign in that country in 1798. Read morePublished on July 30, 2010 by Pierre Gauthier
Juan Cole's engaging history of Bonaparte's brilliant strategic advance into Egypt and Palestine -- and the ultimate debacle that awaited him. Read morePublished on June 18, 2009 by Clark Matthews
I find the book fascinating. It is personally relevant. I grew up in Egypt, and remember the wonderful high school teacher who introduced me to the Egyptian historian, Aljabarti. Read morePublished on December 15, 2008 by Hussein A. Kamel
I love Napoleonic History but just could not drag myself through this book. It gets terribly repetitive and what is immeasurably worse, lets its agenda totally obscure its point. Read morePublished on November 18, 2008 by M. Reid
The writer speaks of persons which he has not mentioned before as if i should know them (i suspect he could not detach himself from the fact that he already knew who these people... Read morePublished on July 4, 2008 by T. Vallestad
Napoleon's Egypt is a must read for any student of the napoleonic wars or someone who just wants to better understand the complexities of maintaining a occupying army over an... Read morePublished on June 23, 2008