Nasser and His Generation

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Nasser and His Generation

By P. J. Vatikiotis
St. Martin's, 1978
375 pp. $22.50

Not intended as a standard biography or history of Nasser's reign, this effort by a cultural historian and student of politics to interpret him as a personality and a product of a generational change in Egypt succeeds brilliantly, giving us the best portrait of the Egyptian leader yet published. Nasser comes through as a populist despot of extraordinary ability and accomplishment, in tune with his time; but "Nasserism" is strangely hollow both as an ideology and as a lasting achievement.

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