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The Transformation of Egypt
The Transformation of Egypt
By Mark N. Cooper
Johns Hopkins, 1982, 278 pp.

The decade from the June war of 1967 to the January riots of 1977 brought sea changes in the society and polity of Egypt, as Nasser's "Arab socialism" gave way to the liberalization carried out under Sadat. Cooper describes a continuing record of frustration and failure, for, regardless of doctrine and policy, the charisma of leaders, or the extent of foreign aid, the underlying structural problems were too great for government to overcome. He argues persuasively that even the major decisions on foreign policy grew out of these intractable internal problems.