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Nasser : the last Arab

Author: Saïd K Aburish
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Since the death of Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1970, there has been no ideology to capture the imagination of the Arab world except Islamic fundamentalism. What we see today in the Middle East is a direct result of Western opposition to Nasser's Arab nationalist ideals and his belief in the supremacy of the secular state." "Nasser is a towering figure in Arab politics. When he refused to follow a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Gamal Abdel Nasser
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Saïd K Aburish
ISBN: 031228683X 9780312286835
OCLC Number: 52766217
Description: x, 355 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. The Dreamer from Nowhere 7 --
2. The Encounter with Power 29 --
3. The Road to Suez 57 --
4. Give Them Dignity 87 --
5. The Dark at the End of the Tunnel 123 --
6. And I Shall Divide Your Araby into Two 155 --
7. Search for an Honorable Exit 187 --
8. Leader of the Arabs 221 --
9. The Politics of Decline 249 --
10. We Are Defeated 283 --
Epilogue: "You Live, Abu-Khalid, You Live" 313.
Responsibility: Saïd K. Aburish.
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"Since the death of Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1970, there has been no ideology to capture the imagination of the Arab world except Islamic fundamentalism. What we see today in the Middle East is a direct result of Western opposition to Nasser's Arab nationalist ideals and his belief in the supremacy of the secular state." "Nasser is a towering figure in Arab politics. When he refused to follow a strictly America line, the CIA tried to undermine him. He responded by throwing in his lot in with the Soviet Union, even though he was fervently anti-Communist. Nasser wanted to achieve a military par with Israel, to create a balance of power that would lead to peace and not to the '56 or '67 wars." "A dictator with a human bent, Nasser was extremely popular, and his pan-Arab ideology appealed to many and produced a brief chance for Arab unity and a cluster of relatively democratic, incorruptible governments." "Nowadays the Arab world is Islamic, anti-Western, and teetering on the edge of disaster. This searching account of Nasser's life asks whether the interests of the West and the Arab world are reconcilable. Although Nasser's ambitions came to an end because the West opposed him, what replaced him is infinitely more dangerous."--BOOK JACKET.

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