Nasser: The Last Arab Hardcover – April 27, 2004
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- Item Weight : 1.5 pounds
- Hardcover : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 031228683X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312286835
- Dimensions : 6.36 x 1.23 x 9.62 inches
- Publisher : Thomas Dunne Books; 1st edition (April 27, 2004)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,253,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It was Nasser's dream to create a united Arab nation; one that superceded religious division which mares the Middle East today, but one that united its peoples to create a superpower capable of matching the economic and military might of an emerging unified Europe, China, the USSR and America. His polictial policies help create the Non-Aligned League, along with India's Nehru and Yugoslavia's Tito which played the superpowers the way they attempted to play lesser nations.
The book is very well written, though there are a few minor grammatical errors due to translation, Nevertheless, they take nothing away from this outstanding book. This 311 page book would be great for anyone interested in World or Middle Eastern history, as well the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Moslem World, the Cold War, military history, or just wants to understand the background of how we got where we are today in the Near East."Nasser: The Last Arab" is, in the end, a fascinating story of a brilliant and yet flawed man who rose from obscurity to dominate an region and just as quickly, fell from power and in the process became a modern legend.
According to Aburish, Nasser was a popular leader only and had no vision, platform or plan for the Arab world. Aburish correctly argues that Nasser had two positive sides only to his leadership: The first is that Nasser was never corrupt and the second is that his dictatorship depended mostly on his charisma.
Nasser didn't live a luxurious life or eliminate his earlier comrades after he took over the Egyptian rule. Nasser's single-mindedness in decision-making, however, dominated his leadership. This rare influence depended on an undisputed leadership drawing mainly on Nasser's popularity and charisma.
Through a narration covering Nasser's life since his early days, Aburish leaves then his reader to judge whether an incompetent popular leader with no platform was needed at that period of Arab history or not.
The book is also a good read for all those who are interested in exploring the history of Egypt and the Arab world between the late 1940s and 1970.
In terms of style, Aburish presents an easy going and attractive narrative. His sources and research are, by and large, credible.
Certainly several pro-Arab nationalism reviewers will find Aburish's book not credible, but whoever wants to dispute this account should provide a better one instead of employing emotions only in criticizing this work.