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|Additional Physical Format:||Print version:
|Named Person:||Anwar Sadat; Anwar as- Sādāt|
|Material Type:||Biography, Document, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Internet Resource, Computer File|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
|Description:||1 online resource (xxxvi, 297 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates)|
|Contents:||Prologue: Meeting the President --
1. The peasant --
2. Search for an identity --
3. Traumatic years in prison --
4. Crucial meeting with Jihan --
5. Sadat and Nasser in conflict --
6. Road to catastrophe and renewal --
7. Sadat the surprise President --
8. Sadat starts a new revolution --
9. War and the great deception --
10. How Soviet leaders joined in Sadat's deception game --
11. The October explosion --
12. Kissinger enters the scene --
13. Towards a breakthrough --
14. Breaking a psychological barrier --
15. Looking to Jerusalem --
16. Trouble at home --
17. First steps to peace --
18. Mixed fortunes --
19. Hero in Jerusalem, villain in Damascus --
20. The rocky road to Camp David --
21. Bargaining for peace: vision and reality --
22. Breakthrough: anger and tears --
23. Unfulfilled hopes: the road to tragedy --
24. Death on Victory Parade --
Conclusion: Reflections on a tragedy.
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.