Nasser: The Last Arab

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Macmillan, Apr 27, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 355 pages
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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. Any sense of completely secular Arab states ended with him and what we see today happening in the Middle East is a direct result of Western opposition to Nasser's strategies and ideals.

Nasser is a fascinating figure fraught with dilemmas. With the CIA continually trying to undermine him, Nasser threw his lot in with the Soviet Union, even though he was fervently anti-Communist. Nasser wanted to build up a military on par with Israel's, but didn't want either the '56 or '67 wars. This was a man who was a dictator, but also a popular leader with an ideology which appealed to most of the Arab people and bound them together. While he was alive, there was a brief chance of actual Arab unity producing common, honest, and incorruptible governments throughout the region.

More than ever, the Arab world is anti-Western and teetering on disaster, and this examination of Nasser's life is tantamount to understanding whether the interests of the West and the Arab world are reconcilable.

Nasser is a definitive and engaging portrait of a man who stood at the center of this continuing clash in the Middle East.
 

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A drag of a read. Repetitive. Aburish cannot hide his adoration of Nasser, even justifying the unjustifiable deeeds of this dictator. Read full review

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This book makes clear that Gamal Nasser was a towering leader among Arabs, but that he, like other rulers in the Middle East, was greatly lacking when all was said and done. Author Said Aburish ... Read full review

Contents

The Painful Truth
1
The Dreamer from Nowhere
7
The Encounter with Power
29
The Road to Suez
57
Give Them Dignity
87
The Dark at the End of the Tunnel
123
And I Shall Divide Your Araby into Two
155
Search for an Honorable Exit
187
Leader of the Arabs
221
The Politics of Decline
249
We Are Defeated
283
You Live AbuKhalid You Live
313
Notes
321
Interviews
337
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About the author (2004)

Said K. Aburish was born in the biblical village of Bethany near Jerusalem in 1935. He attended university in the United States and subsequently became a correspondent for Radio Free Europe and The Daily Mail, and a consultant to two Arab governments. Now a freelance journalist and author, his books include Children of Bethany, Cry Palestine, and biographies of Arafat and Saddam Hussein.

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