Maktoub (25/II/2012)

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Xlibris Corporation, 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
7
Settling In
20
The Interwar Years
35
The War 19391945
42
Wartime Romance
47
Desert Fox out of Tricks
53
Abrogation of Treaty
55
Alexandra
59
Governing Egypt
109
Nasser Emerges as Leader
119
Russian Arms
122
Asw‚n High Dam
127
Suez 1956
131
Summary of Nassers Progress
135
After Suez
142
Syrian Lesson
149

Romance
66
Toward the Explosion
73
The Spark
77
Cairo Burns
84
Catalysts to Coup
87
Farouk Feeds Army Discontent
91
Decision for Coup
94
Farouks Abdication
100
The Day After
105
Nationalizations
152
Exporting Revolution
170
Escalation to Disaster
172
Israel Attacks
176
Reshuffling after SixDay War
180
Excuses and Maktoub
183
Nassers Last Days
193
Leaving the Sinking Ship
198
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