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Autumn of Fury: The Assassination of Sadat
Autumn of Fury: The Assassination of Sadat
By Mohamed Heikal
Random House, 1983, 320 pp

Egypt's best known journalist presents an indictment of Sadat's domestic and international policies, finding his role of superstar of the media purchased at the price of alienation from the Arab world, subordination to American and Israeli strategy, and the corruption, deterioration and repression at home which led fatefully to the conspiracy (described in detail) and the assassination. He disclaims personal animus but is hardly a detached observer, and injects much venom into his narrative. This is, however, a book to be weighed in all future assessments of Sadat's place in history, and has its lessons also for those in the West who did not see what Heikal did or refused to believe what they saw.