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The Last Pharaoh: Mubarak and the Uncertain Future of Egypt in the Obama Age Paperback – July 22, 2009

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  • Paperback: 438 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press (July 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615300707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615300702
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,525,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is so revealing that it exposed the corruption of the Mubarak regime and authoritarian regimes in the region --BBC World Service

This book is essential in understanding the nature of Mubarak's regime and similar authoritarian regimes in the region --The Washington Post

"Combining an uncanny sense of clarity and understatement, Aladdin Elaasar weaves Egypt's historical grandeur with an unnerving cascade of political intrigue that reveals a side of Mubarak the world cannot long ignore. In one fell swoop, the reader's admiration for Egypt is both strengthened, and the source of unease revealed, as the author sheds light on the darkness of Egyptian politics that could one day turn catastrophic. With so much at stake, the West is slowly coming to grips with a new reality; a reality which no single book or author could possibly address." --Professor Tate Miller, expert on International Negotiations at the Monterey Institute of International Studies

"Peeling back layer after complex layer of Egypt's politics, culture, and intrigues, Elaasar de-mystifies Egypt without tarnishing her almost mystical status as the pinnacle of Arabian culture, and the bedrock of human civilization. This book is stunning in its revelations of Mubarak's stranglehold on every aspect of life in this glorious, long suffering nation. Connecting one mysterious dot to the next, Elaasar teases the reader from chapter to chapter, as he lucidly explains the details of Egypt's worst kept secrets of all...the 'secret' of Mubarak's power and how he plans to rule from his own royal crypt." --Professor Tate Miller, expert on International Negotiations at the Monterey Institute of International Studies

"Egypt is the next domino to fall and, as they say, so goes Egypt so goes the Middle East...explaining why a pillar of American dominance in that part of the world is about to crumble." --Robert Baer, former Middle East-based CIA operative and author of See No Evil, and Sleeping with the Devil

"Let me give you the four scariest words I can't pronounce in Arabic: Egypt after Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak's "emergency rule" dictatorship is deep into its third decade, making him one of Egypt's most durable pharaohs. His succession plan is clear: Son Gamal tries to replicate Beijing's model of economic reform, forestalling political reform... American policymakers could soon face the same tough choice on Egypt that they once suffered with Iran's faltering Shah: Step in with maximum effort during a succession crisis or let the chips fall where they may. Washington's soft peddling of democracy hasn't moved the highly corrupt government toward any serious political reform, as the Mubarak's prefer Beijing's blueprint over anything we might offer. And, as the regime resorts to stoking anti-Western and anti-Semitic popular sentiment, it gets harder to imagine a path forward for U.S.-Egyptian relations as this global recession advances. All I can say, Mr. President, is that when you decide which major Islamic capital will be the venue for your much-anticipated address to the Muslim world, do yourself a favor and pass on restive Cairo, because you just might trigger more response than your administration can afford right now." --Professor Thomas P. M. Barnett, Naval War College

"When it happens, it will rock the world..: octogenarian Mubarak, will leave office, either by his own decision or that of Providence, probably within the next three years. So far, few in the West have paid much attention. But Egyptians certainly are getting ready, and we should do so as well." --Georgetown University Professor Michelle Dunne, expert on Arab politics and U.S. policy at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

From the Inside Flap

Those leaders who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West: Know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history. - President Barak Obama in his inaugural speech.

One of the saddest episodes in modem history is that one of the richest and most promising regions of the world, with one of the oldest and most authentic civilizations known to man, is becoming the permanent field for local wars and internal strife because of the lack of imagination, the lack of generosity, and the lack of diplomacy shown by its elite - Former UN Secretary General, former Egyptian Foreign Minister and Political Science Professor at Cairo University, Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

More About the Author

Aladdin Elaasar is an expert on Egypt and the Arab World. He has been a frequent commentator on the Middle East on American and international TV and Radio networks such as CNN, ABC, NBC, NPR, MSNBC, FOX NEWS, BBC radio and TV, and others. Elaasar has been teaching Mid-Eastern studies at several American universities, at the Defense language Institute in Monterey, CA, Senator Mansfield's Center at the University of Montana, and at the School of Foreign Languages and Culture at the University of Illinois, Urbana. He was nominated as a candidate for the presidential elections in Egypt in 2005. His campaign gained worldwide media coverage. His columns cover international relations, current events, and Arab/American issues. He was cited in Guardian, New York Times, The Huffington Post, Washington Post, Sunday Times, Paris Match, La Stampa, and the international press. He is the author of The Last Pharaoh: Mubarak and the Uncertain Future of Egypt in the Obama Age.He also wrote: For Stars and Stripes: American-Arabs in the U.S. Military, and Barracuda: The Unauthorised Biography of Sarah palin, Silent Victims: Arab and Muslim Americans Post 9/11.
CONTACT: Aladdin Elaasar
(224) 388 1353 Email: omaraladin@aol.com

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By omaraladin on July 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
By Mohamed Elshinnawi
Washington, DC

The author of this book says the U.S. president will need to pay close attention to the volatile political situation in Egypt, one of America's strongest and most important allies in the Middle East. The author believes U.S. policymakers now face a difficult choice: continuing to support the iron-fisted rule of Egypt's current president and his likely hand-picked successor, or backing a beleaguered democratic opposition that some believe could open the door to Islamic fundamentalist rule.
In his new book, The Last Pharaoh: Mubarak and the Uncertain Future of Egypt in the Obama Age, Egyptian-American writer Aladdin Elaasar offers the American president his blunt assessment of Egypt's near-term outlook. Elaasar believes President Hosni Mubarak, America's "strong man" in Egypt and the recipient of billions of dollars in U.S. military and development aid, is losing his grip on power after 26 years of autocratic rule.

The author believes there are many signs that time is running out for Mubarak, who succeeded President Anwar Sadat after the 1981 assassination and who won a controversial multi-party election to a six-year term in 2005. Elaasar says Egypt's severe economic problems are just one sign that Mubarak's grip on power is loosening. "There is about 37% un-employment in Egypt," Elaasar notes. "There is about 2% to 5% of the people who monopolize the economy and these people are elites around Mubarak and his party. And there is at least 40% of the people in Egypt who live under the poverty line. So there are a lot of indications of social ailments and illnesses and we need to pay attention to that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Author & Book Promotions on May 18, 2011
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The Last Pharaoh: Mubarak and the Uncertain Future of Egypt in the Obama Age is a timely account of what is currently happing in Egypt and broader Middle East and predicted the fall of Mubarak's regime. The book also discusses the impact that the collapse of Mubarak's regime and its aftermath will have on the world and American interest in the region. The book chronicles Egypt's history and provides an historic description of events shaping the Middle East, which readers will also find to be well documented and researched by author Aladdin Elaasar -- a teacher of Mid-Eastern studies. The easy to read narrative makes it an important book about the challenges America faces post-Mubarak and what will unfold in the near future. Author & Book Promotions highly recommends this book for anyone who enjoys history or wants to be engaged and informed about world affairs and politics!
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