Egypt on the Brink: From Nasser to Mubarak

3.76 avg rating
( 177 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780300162752: Egypt on the Brink: From Nasser to Mubarak

Famous until the 1950s for its religious pluralism and extraordinary cultural heritage, Egypt is now seen as an increasingly repressive and divided land, home of the Muslim Brotherhood and an opaque regime headed by the aging President Mubarak.

In this immensely readable and thoroughly researched book, Tarek Osman explores what has happened to the biggest Arab nation since President Nasser took control of the country in 1954. He examines Egypt’s central role in the development of the two crucial movements of the period, Arab nationalism and radical Islam; the increasingly contentious relationship between Muslims and Christians; and perhaps most important of all, the rift between the cosmopolitan elite and the mass of the undereducated and underemployed population, more than half of whom are aged under thirty. This is an essential guide to one of the Middle East’s most important but least understood states.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Born and raised in Egypt, Tarek Osman was educated at the American University in Cairo and Bocconi University in Italy. His writings appear in a number of publications in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the Middle East.

Review:

"Short, readable, clear, and passionately written. A good introduction to Egypt's story.”—Boston Globe (Boston Globe)

"Osman delivers textured historical context . . . and he focuses analysis more accurately than most current pundits."—Carlin Romano, The Chronicle of Higher Education (Carlin Romano The Chronicle of Higher Education)

“Published a short time before thousands of Egyptians began pouring into Cairo's Tahrir Square, Egypt on the Brink is a timely account of Egypt near the end of the 30-year Mubarak era. It is presented thematically, rather than chronologically, and one of the most intriguing themes is the notion that whereas Egypt in the age of liberal nationalism (the 1920s and 1930s) and the Nasser years (1952-70) had a regional standing and a sense of national purpose, Hosni Mubarak's regime lost both this standing and this purpose as it devolved into a dreary despotism. Yet Osman writes with neither nostalgia nor disdain. Separate chapters discuss the Islamists, the Christians, the rise of liberal capitalism, and Egypt's youth. Even the conclusion, which speculates on who and what regime would replace Mubarak, now overtaken by events, offers useful thoughts on Egypt's distinctive politics.”—L. Carl Brown, Foreign Affairs (L. Carl Brown Foreign Affairs)

“Strange, then, that despite continued fascination with ancient Egypt, so little aside from turgid academic tomes or breathless journalistic accounts has been published about the current condition of the most populous country in the turbulent Middle East, and among the most influential. “Egypt on the Brink” is a slim book, simply written and easy to understand, and it goes a long way to filling this void. [...] The author, Tarek Osman, a Western-educated Egyptian banker and occasional columnist, brings the eye of an intelligent amateur to the story of his country’s past half-century. He writes with feeling, backed up by an impressively broad list of sources as well as sharp critical insight and astute judgment.”—The Economist (Economist)

“It is hard to imagine a timelier book than Egypt on the Brink. . . an elegantly written and insightful analysis of the fissures and discontents of contemporary Egypt.”—James Jankowski, Middle East Journal (James Jankowski Middle East Journal)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Osman, Tarek
Published by Cumberland, RI, U.S.A.: Yale University Press (2011)
ISBN 10: 0300162758 ISBN 13: 9780300162752
New Soft cover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Mima Mia Books
(Boston, MA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Cumberland, RI, U.S.A.: Yale University Press, 2011. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng. Bookseller Inventory # 3J1C

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Tarek Osman
ISBN 10: 0300162758 ISBN 13: 9780300162752
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Omega Books and More Inc.
(Springdale, AR, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. FAST shipping, FREE tracking, and GREAT customer service! We also offer International and EXPEDITED shipping options. Bookseller Inventory # 3D7DSF001BZ7

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Osman, Tarek
Published by Yale University Press (2011)
ISBN 10: 0300162758 ISBN 13: 9780300162752
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Integrity Books Corp.
(Mayfield Heights, OH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Yale University Press, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000015654

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Tarek Osman
Published by Yale University Press (2011)
ISBN 10: 0300162758 ISBN 13: 9780300162752
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Yale University Press, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0300162758

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 28.51
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Osman, Tarek
Published by Yale University Press (2011)
ISBN 10: 0300162758 ISBN 13: 9780300162752
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Yale University Press, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110300162758

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 39.37
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Osman, Tarek
Published by Yale Univ Pr (2011)
ISBN 10: 0300162758 ISBN 13: 9780300162752
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Yale Univ Pr, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 2, revised and updat edition. 304 pages. 9.50x6.25x1.00 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0300162758

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 47.81
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.98
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Osman, Tarek
Published by Yale University Press
ISBN 10: 0300162758 ISBN 13: 9780300162752
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Yale University Press. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0300162758 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0073000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds