Inside Egypt: The Land of the Pharaohs on the Brink of a Revolution

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The government of Egypt banned Inside Egypt in 2008-the first time a book on Egyptian politics had been banned in the country in decades-but quickly rescinded the ban after the international media firestorm that followed. The book depicts a country on the brink of collapse. Through interviews with ordinary Egyptians and extensive travels in the country, Bradley reveals why Egypt is now vulnerable to another popular uprising that could bring about an Iranian-style theocracy in a country once noted for its ...

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Overview

The government of Egypt banned Inside Egypt in 2008-the first time a book on Egyptian politics had been banned in the country in decades-but quickly rescinded the ban after the international media firestorm that followed. The book depicts a country on the brink of collapse. Through interviews with ordinary Egyptians and extensive travels in the country, Bradley reveals why Egypt is now vulnerable to another popular uprising that could bring about an Iranian-style theocracy in a country once noted for its plurality and tolerance.

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Editorial Reviews

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“If you want to understand how Egypt got to this crossroads, read this book.”—Fareed Zakaria, recommending Inside Egypt as his Book of the Week (CNN)

“Bradley’s book suggests Egypt’s rupture had clear omens… and was promptly banned by the Mubarak government.” —New Yorker

“This dark and sober look at contemporary Egypt... offers a compelling explanation for the anger on the streets of Cairo”—The Christian Science Monitor

“A blistering overview of what it’s like to live in this autocratic, hopelessly corrupt society. Terrifically well told and extremely sobering.”—Kirkus Reviews

“An original, angry, brilliant, subtle, and highly readable exposé of contemporary Egyptian politics and society.” —Peter Bergen, author of Holy War, Inc. and The Osama bin Laden I Know

“Informed and immensely readable.”—Literary Review (UK)

“Essential reading for anyone interested in modern Egypt and the looming dramas of the Arab world.”—United Press International

”In this highly readable and thoughtful volume, Bradley provides a devastating critique of Egypt’s [former] dictatorial government.”—LIBRARY JOURNAL

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Egypt has long played a pivotal role in the Arab world's cultural and political development. Today, one out of four Arabs is an Egyptian. Furthermore, Egypt is crucial to Washington's strategic goals in the Middle East. However, as journalist Bradley (Saudi Arabia Exposed) demonstrates, Egypt suffers from a host of sociopolitical and economic problems that are undermining the government's stability. In this highly readable and thoughtful volume, Bradley provides a devastating critique of Egypt's current dictatorial government. He traces the evolution of Egypt's authoritarianism from the end of the monarchy in 1952 (and the emergence of Nasserism) to the Mubarak regime. His fluency in Egyptian Arabic allows him to see Egypt and its myriad social problems through the eyes of ordinary people who are the real victims of the pervasive corruption, torture, and other degradation of life in that country. In addition, as Bradley clarifies, its pro-Western dictatorship makes Egypt Washington's favored destination for the practice of "rendition," which sends individuals overseas to be tortured. This book is aimed at the general reader, but scholars would also benefit from the author's keen insight. Recommended for academic and public libraries.
—Nader Entessar Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information

Kirkus Reviews
Journalist Bradley (Saudi Arabia Exposed, 2005) trains a sharp reportorial eye on the nearly failed nation-state in the cross hairs of world conflict. The author doesn't dwell too long on Egypt's storied past. Instead, he gives a blistering overview of what it's like to live today in this autocratic, hopelessly corrupt society. The Egypt he depicts is a place where anyone can be jailed or tortured at any time for no reason, where Islamic fundamentalism is slowly gaining a foothold among people formerly proud of their diverse heritage, where in some places the only viable form of employment for young men is prostitution, both gay and straight. Bradley also examines why the United States spends $2 billion per year propping up President Hosni Mubarak ("the third-longest-ruling Egyptian leader in the past four thousand years"), despite his crackdowns on anything approaching democracy and his blatant favoring of anything that will bring in more tourist dollars over the best interests of the Egyptian populace. Mubarak is able to gin up American interest, the author notes, by playing up the threat of the Muslim Brotherhood, a nominally political organization that provides social services far more efficiently than the government does and wants to reinstate the Caliphate. Needless to say, Bradley isn't hopeful about the future, fearing that an Iranian-style theocracy is in the cards for a once-proud nation whose pedigree dates back more than 5,000 years. Unlikely to win the author any friends among the Egyptian political elite, but terrifically well told and extremely sobering.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230614376
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/18/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,433,102
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John R. Bradley is a widely published correspondent. Fluent in Egyptian Arabic, he is also the author of Saudi Arabia Exposed, Behind the Veil of Vice, and Tunisian Tsunami. He now divides his time between North Africa and Latin America.

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Table of Contents

A Failed Revolution

The Brothers

Sufis and Christians

The Bedouin

Torture

Corruption

Lost Dignity

Egypt after Mubarak

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2011

    Good insights into the Egyptian crisis

    This book is a quick read for non-scholars interested in learning more about contemporary Egypt. A prophetic title, given recent events. Learn about the moderate forms of Islam that thrive in Egypt and the author's views on why Egypt is not Iran.

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  • Posted October 31, 2008

    Inside Egypt

    Disgusting portrait of a beautiful country. Conclusion: Egypt has been sold by the traitors to the higher bidder. A book focusing on every negative and disgusting aspect. It felt like the author went through a pile of old garbage bags rotting on a sidewalk, in a low class district, after a few days of tremendous heat. It felt like the author enjoyed reporting the dark side of a country forgetting the 'other' side where millions are struggling to put bread on the table for their families and struggling to give the best education to their children and where hospitality, honesty, warmth sincerity still exist. The author deprives the reader from the most important characteristic of the Egyptian people, 'generosity'. He went on describing the lowest class ever- where opportunism is being fed daily by a bunch of old bags from his own country of birth. He dropped a few names here and there of respectable people to give some credit to his book, but shame on you John R Bradley, I don't respect you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2008

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    egypt is my history project and i enjoyed researching about it because there is many interesting facts i never knew about. i am looking forward to buy other books about other countries.

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