Maktoub (25/Ii/2012)

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Xlibris Corporation, Mar 28, 2012 - Fiction - 204 pages
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Maktoub describes the events and political upheavals that changed the Middle East from the demise of the Ottoman Empire to the eventual death of Colonel Nasser. These events are seen through the eyes of Peter Angelakis, an Ottoman Greek who left Constantinople for a more secure existence in British controlled Egypt. In Alexandria, Peter marries into a Lebanese family and the history of that period with all its upheavals unfolds through the lives of his four children. The second world War provided Peter's eldest daughter who is married to a British Officer, offers a peek into English reactions to Egyptian Nationalism. It also acted as a catalyst to the free Officer's movement resulted in King Farouk's abdication. Peter's second daughter Alexandra, marries a Greek businessman who escaped from communist Romania, and throws light into the socialist nationalisations that eventually wrecked the Egyptian economy. Peter's two sons with his father-in-law are immersed in the Egyptian interior and provides a picture of life at the time that included acquiring business contacts; the reasons and results of the burning of Cairo; the Suez attack and the disastrous six day war of 1967 until the death of Nasser in 1970. All the events, once they had occurred, the muslim population stoically accepted them. To them it was MAKTOUB (it is written).
 

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Contents

Alexandria 1923
4007
Settling In
4020
The Interwar Years
4035
The War 19391945
4042
Wartime Romance
4047
Desert Fox out of Tricks
4053
Abrogation of Treaty
4055
Alexandra
4059
Governing Egypt
4109
Nasser Emerges as Leader
4119
Russian Arms
4122
Asw‚n High Dam
4127
Suez 1956
4131
Summary of Nassers Progress
4135
After Suez
4142
Syrian Lesson
4149

Romance
4066
Toward the Explosion
4073
The Spark
4077
Cairo Burns
4084
Catalysts to Coup
4087
Farouk Feeds Army Discontent
4091
Decision for Coup
4094
Farouks Abdication
4100
The Day After
4105
Nationalizations
4152
Exporting Revolution
4170
Escalation to Disaster
4172
Israel Attacks
4176
Reshuffling after SixDay War
4180
Excuses and Maktoub
4183
Nassers Last Days
4193
Leaving the Sinking Ship
4198
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