Soldiers, Spies, and Statesmen: Egypt's Road to Revolt

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Verso Books, 2014 - History - 323 pages
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One of the most momentous events in the Arab uprisings that swept across the Middle East in 2011 was the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak. As dramatic and sudden as this seemed, it was only one further episode in an ongoing power struggle between the three components of Egypt's authoritarian regime: the military, the security services, and the government. A detailed study of the interactions within this invidious triangle over six decades of war, conspiracy, and sociopolitical transformation, Soldiers, Spies, and Statesmen is the first systematic analysis of recent Egyptian history.

This paperback edition, updated to incorporate events in 2013, provides the background necessary to understanding how the military rebranded itself as the defender of democracy and ousted Mubarak's successor, Muhammad Morsi. Impeccably researched and filled with intrigue, Soldiers, Spies, and Statesmen is an indispensable guide for anyone trying to fathom what this latest development means for Egypt's future.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The March 1954 Crisis
15
The Road to June 1967
43
The Corrective
99
October 1973 and Its Discontents
113
Revolt
175
The Military After the Revolt
221
The Army Strikes Back
245
Acknowledgments
265
Bibliography
293
Index
313
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Hazem Kandil is a Lecturer in Sociology and St. Catharine's College Fellow at Cambridge University. He has also taught at the American University in Cairo and the University of California, Los Angeles.

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