This rich and carefully researched biography sets Qutb for the first time in his Egyptian context, rescuing him from caricature without whitewashing his radicalism. It is no small achievement.
[A] comprehensive overview of Qutb's life and writings.
(Joshua Sinai Washington Times
Fascinating details emerge in this book.... Anyone interested in the evolution ofIslamism in the 20th century should read it.
(Marc Lynch The Atlantic
The first truly comprehensive biography.
(Samuel Helfront Jewish Review of Books
An exquisite intellectual biography.
(Youssef Aboul-Enein Small Wars Journal
[An] excellent intellectual biography.
(Bruce Maddy-Weitzman Bustan: The Middle East Book Review
John Calvert greatly increases our knowledge about Qutb, situating him in intellectual context -- and does so without losing his balance. While the book is quite detailed, it should still be welcomed by a very broad audience indeed.
(Nathan J. Brown Review of Middle East Studies
Given that Sayyid Qutb is taught on a large (and increasing) number of campuses, and given that he has already been introduced to the public in best-selling books, such as Lawrence Wright's The Looming Tower, the very publication of a Qutb biography should attract considerable interest. This book not only constitutes what is likely to remain the figure's definitive biography but also offers crucial new insights on the post-1954 history of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. We are dealing with a rare book that is likely to become a classic in the field of political Islam. Outstanding.
(Thomas Hegghammer, associate, Initiative on Religion in International Affairs, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School)