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The Rise Of Egyptian Communism, 1939-1970

The Rise Of Egyptian Communism, 1939-1970

By Selma Botman

Syracuse University Press, 1988, 212 pp.

The Egyptian communist movement never mounted any real challenge either to the royal or the Nasser regime, but it did have a role on the left fringe of politics, alternately tolerated or repressed and expending much of its energy in factional divisions. This monograph, which follows the fortunes of the party until its dissolution, is enriched by interviews with some who were active participants in the movement, but virtually nothing is said about ties to Moscow or what the Soviet Union was up to in Egypt.