The Crossing of the Suez, Revised Edition

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Third printing,of the original work by General Saad Shazly Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed forces during the Arab Israeli war of 1973, including three new chapters.

The Crossing Of The Suez is an inside look by the Egyptian Chief of Staff at events leading up to and including the 1973 Arab Israeli war. The book gives a day to day account of the war, the capture of the Bar Lev line, the subsequent split between the political and military leadership and the aftermath of the Israeli penetration through Egyptian lines

The new chapters are a response to the many questions and various opinions about the war and the book since its first publication 1980

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American Mideast Research is proud to have exclusively published two books by the former Egyptian Chief of Staff, General Saad El Shazly, who led his forces across the Suez Canal to overpower Israeli lines and capture the once impregnable Bar Lev line. The Crossing of The Suez is the only account written in Egypt about the Arab Israeli 1973 war without the censorship of the Egyptian government.. All books about the war, whether by former military officers, civilian authors or journalists have been subject to editorial censorship by the Ministry of Defense before publication. This ruling has kept many of the facts surrounding the war still hidden till this day.

The Crossing of the Suez has been praised by the international press as thought provoking necessary reading. (See Book Reviews.)

The consequences of this publication cost Shazly dearly. He was court marshaled in absentia and received a three year prison sentence. He was denied legal representation, stripped of his political rights and had his property sequestered. All without a single witness, save a captain serving in military intelligence.

Two charges were brought against Shazly. The first was publishing a book without prior approval. A charge Shazly admits to. The second was divulging military secrets in his book. A charge Shazly vehemently denies, claiming the so-called secrets were government secrets rather than military secrets. Shazly maintains the government was trying to hide the facts.

In 1992 Shazly returned to Egypt after 14 years in exile in Algeria for criticizing the policies of President Anwar Sadat. He was arrested in the airport upon his return. No trial ever took place and Shazly was forced to serve his prison term, despite the rule of law according to the Egyptian Constitution that sentences received in absentia must be retried. During his time in prison Shazly’s legal team succeeded in obtaining a ruling from the highest civilian court which stated that the prior military conviction was illegal, and declared the military ruling unconstitutional. The court ordered Shazly’s immediate release. None took place. Shazly served the remainder of his sentence.

The Crossing of the Suez, and Shazly’s later book, The Arab Military Option, were never published in Egypt. They were however published in English French and Arabic and sold in many countries. The book has been reviewed by major publications including the Economist, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and others. The book is currently in its second printing.

From the Author:

This is a military memoir: my record as Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces during the Arab-Israeli War of October 1973. It is to the best of my knowledge unique, being the only memoir of its kind by a contemporary Arab commander. I have written it with reluctance, with sorrow and with anger. When I say that my anger is directed primarily at the late President of Egypt, Anwar Sadat, it will be understood why I, after a lifetime as a soldier serving my country and my people, was reluctant to take up a pen, and felt sorrow that in the end it became an inescapable duty.

So many books have been written on the 1973 conflict. Why then are so many facts still hidden? Why is so much of what has been written distorted in fact or interpretation? One reason, of course, is ignorance on the part of writers. But there is a deeper cause. There has been, as I shall demonstrate, a deliberate campaign to hide what really happened in that war. Some parts of the story are known by thousands, some by hundreds, some aspects shared by only a handful. May God help and guide us and give us the courage to say the truth, whatever may be the consequences.

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