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Egypt during the Sadat years
Beattie, Kirk J.
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New York : Palgrave, 2000.
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xi, 340 pages : 22 cm
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Kirk Beattie presents a fresh look at Egyptian politics during the Sadat presidency. Beginning with an examination of the political and economic situation bequeathed by Nasser, he describes Sadat s succession to the presidency and his consolidation of power. His analysis focuses on Sadat s effort to chart a new political and economic path, including the daring October 1973 war, liberalization of Egypt s political economy, the January 1977 food riots, and peace with Israel. Simultaneously, Beattie highlights the important obstacles presented by intra-regime, civilian, and foreign opponents to Sadat s various political and economic development strategies, explaining the factors that led to Sadat s assassination. Based on hundred of interviews with key actors representing diverse political viewpoints, this book provides insight into government and opposition behavior during Sadat s presidency.

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Kirk Beattie is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Simmons College in Boston.

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Former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat (1918-81) remains an enigma nearly 20 years after his assassination. As one of the original "free officers" who took part in the overthrow of Egypt's discredited monarchy, he helped shape the post-monarchical nationalist and "pan-Arab Socialist" government that replaced it. Although not considered a political heavyweight, Sadat nevertheless managed to maneuver himself adroitly through the country's political maze and assume the presidency after President Nasser's death. Beattie (political science and international relations, Simmons Coll.; Egypt During the Nasser Years) gives us a balanced analysis of Sadat's accomplishments and failures. The author relies on a variety of published sources in English and Arabic, including interviews with members of Egypt's political and economic elite, to give us an interesting, jargon-free analysis of the Sadat era. Recommended for both public and academic libraries.DNader Entessar, Spring Hill Coll., Mobile, AL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
1. Introductionp. 1
2. Sadat's Consolidation of Powerp. 39
3. A Renewal of Civil Societyp. 93
4. The October 1973 War and its Impactp. 134
5. Sadat's High-Risk Bid for Peace and Prosperityp. 213
Notesp. 283
Appendix Ap. 321
Appendix Bp. 325
Bibliographyp. 326
Indexp. 335