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on October 28, 2011
Lloyd C. Gardner does an adequate job of presenting some of the historical background regarding the development and implementation of United States policy towards Egypt. The text is useful as an introduction to the context that framed United States Egyptian policy however, Gardner's analysis relies heavily on State Department Memos and in this sense is somewhat lacking in that it fails to take account of Arabic sources. The text is hard to follow at points and appears to have been somewhat rushed. Topics within chapters are presented somewhat haphazardly and in several locations sentences, or even groups of sentences, are simply repeated verbatim in subsequent paragraphs which appears to evidence a lack of careful editing. Overall a good introduction to US Egyptian relations but those seeking in depth analysis, or even a clearer narrative, will be forced to supplement or look elsewhere.
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on November 23, 2012
This book talks about Egypt from king Farouq to Hosni Mobarak from different angels. It will add different dimension to the history part. It lacks some details in specific areas. What I like about the book most is, it gives you a true feeling of how much stress and power needed to make those decisions. Also the amount of manipulation in political world
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on April 10, 2015
It provides a good history of Egyptian politics and foreign affairs, but focuses much more on the Nasser and Sadat eras than Mubarak's time in power.
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