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The Egypt of Nasser and Sadat
The Egypt of Nasser and Sadat
By John Waterbury
Princeton University Press, 1983, 475 pp

John Waterbury, a longtime student of the Arab world who was a reporter for the American Universities Field Staff in Cairo during the 1970s, yields to none in his intimate knowledge of Egyptian politics and economics. This is neither a political history nor a conventional survey of the Egyptian economy but a case study of the structure of society, of the efforts of the Nasser and Sadat regimes to give concrete form to the aims of the revolution, and of the relation of economic reform to the politics of survival. It is written by a scholar for scholars, studded with references, tables, definitions of terms, and theoretical debate.