RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 32133614 LA English T1 Anwar Sadat : visionary who dared A1 Finklestone, Joseph., PB Frank Cass PP London; Portland, Or. YR 1996 SN 0714634875 9780714634876 0714641650 9780714641652 AB This is the first major study of President Anwar Sadat by a journalist who came to know him well in the last few years of his life. Joseph Finklestone became intrigued by the unlikely and amazing story of Sadat's rise to power from an uncompromising beginning as a boy born into poverty, a fanatical, histrionic nationalist who spent years in prison. Emerging from prison as both an adventurer and an idealist, Sadat used his coolness and oratory to help Colonel Nasser's. Free Officers stage a successful revolution and overthrow King Farouk. On Nasser's death Sadat took over the presidency, to the surprise and chagrin of his left-wing Soviet-orientated opponents who underestimated his abilities. The book describes how Sadat appeared to dismiss Soviet Army advisers while secretly retaining links with Brezhnev for his own purposes; how he surprised Israel and the Americans by launching the Yom Kippur War of 1973 and, though defeated, managed to save his army from destruction; how, with the help of Henry Kissinger, he began to plan peace with Israel and caused a world sensation by travelling to Jerusalem to address the Knesset. After signing the peace agreement with Israel's Prime Minister Menachem Begin and the U.S. President Jimmy Carter at Camp David in March 1979, Sadat was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the Israeli leader. This mark of Western approval aroused resentment among those. Arab leaders who felt he had betrayed the cause of Arab unity, a view which to Sadat's mind revealed their ignorance and petty-mindedness. Sadat's final years were embittered by his feeling that although he had achieved the great breakthrough by making peace with Israel, he had failed to give his people economic security. At the same time he was threatened and eventually assassinated by fanatics who misused Islam for their own fundamentalist endsthe same people who have. since carried out terrorist attacks all over the world. Like Saddat, Yitzhak Rabin was a visionary, creator and a victim of a ruthless assassin. Both saw the need for concessions to be made for the sake of peace, and both were brutally gunned down at a moment when they began to taste the fruits of their hard and painful endeavours.