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The Crossing of the Suez has been praised by the international press as thought provoking necessary reading. (See Book Reviews.)
The consequences of this publication cost Shazly dearly. He was court marshaled in absentia and received a three year prison sentence. He was denied legal representation, stripped of his political rights and had his property sequestered. All without a single witness, save a captain serving in military intelligence.
Two charges were brought against Shazly. The first was publishing a book without prior approval. A charge Shazly admits to. The second was divulging military secrets in his book. A charge Shazly vehemently denies, claiming the so-called secrets were government secrets rather than military secrets. Shazly maintains the government was trying to hide the facts.
In 1992 Shazly returned to Egypt after 14 years in exile in Algeria for criticizing the policies of President Anwar Sadat. He was arrested in the airport upon his return. No trial ever took place and Shazly was forced to serve his prison term, despite the rule of law according to the Egyptian Constitution that sentences received in absentia must be retried. During his time in prison Shazlys legal team succeeded in obtaining a ruling from the highest civilian court which stated that the prior military conviction was illegal, and declared the military ruling unconstitutional. The court ordered Shazlys immediate release. None took place. Shazly served the remainder of his sentence.
The Crossing of the Suez, and Shazlys later book, The Arab Military Option, were never published in Egypt. They were however published in English French and Arabic and sold in many countries. The book has been reviewed by major publications including the Economist, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and others. The book is currently in its second printing.
Reading military memoirs can be akin to clearing a mine field in my opinion. I write this because too many of them either gloss over events or are an exercise in excuse making. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ryan
Awesome book! After reading numerous books on the subject of the Yom Kippur War (Israel side), this was a refreshing view that was provided in a straight forward manner and... Read morePublished 22 months ago by D and M Driver
Brilliant Egyptian General who was the only officer to evacuate from Sinia with his unit entact after 1967 Israel sneak attack. Read morePublished on July 17, 2013 by bruno
My disappointment was the book Crossing the Suez by Saad Shazly is the same book of October War in Arabic by the same Auther, I have October War and when ordered Crossing the... Read morePublished on May 2, 2011 by Santana
This is a fantastic book about The October War 1973 from the Arab's point of view. So many book have been written thus far, mostly from the Israeli perspective but reading this... Read morePublished on May 15, 2008 by Muhammad