Nasser's Blessed Movement: Egypt's Free Officers and the July Revolution

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This book examines a key period in the formation of modern Egypt, the early years of military rule following the coup of 1952. The Free Officers, a secret organization of junior officers, overthrew Egypt's parliamentary regime in July 1952 and over the next few years consolidated their rule, brutally suppressing alternative political movements. Gamal Abdel Nasser, one of the young officers, emerged as the leader of the military junta and launched an ambitious program for economic development, making Egypt a ...

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Nasser's Blessed Movement: Egypt's Free Officers and the July Revolution

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Overview

This book examines a key period in the formation of modern Egypt, the early years of military rule following the coup of 1952. The Free Officers, a secret organization of junior officers, overthrew Egypt's parliamentary regime in July 1952 and over the next few years consolidated their rule, brutally suppressing alternative political movements. Gamal Abdel Nasser, one of the young officers, emerged as the leader of the military junta and launched an ambitious program for economic development, making Egypt a leader in Arab, African, and non-aligned politics, as well as a model for political mobilization and national development throughout the Third World. Focusing on the goals, programs, successes, and failures of the young regime, Gordon provides the most comprehensive account of the Egyptian revolution to date. Besides bringing to light newly opened American and British sources on the period, Gordon's book is also informed by interviews he conducted with a number of actors and observers of the events.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195069358
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Series: Studies in Middle Eastern History Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,447,068
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Rewriting the Revolution 3
1. "A Country of Failure" 14
2. "The People's Army" 39
3. "Revolutionary Jurisprudence" 58
4. "Lift up Your Head" 79
5. "The Great Deception" 92
6. "The Secret of the Nine" 109
7. "A Revolutionary, Not a Politician" 127
8. "Stability, in Whatever Guise" 144
9. "Fondest Hope's of the West" 157
10. "Each of You Shall Be Gamal" 175
Conclusion: "A Pragmatic March Toward Democracy"? 191
Notes 201
Bibliography 233
Index 243
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    Aghh...

    I agree it holds so much valuable information, but REALLY?? A hundred and twenty dollars? Im only 13, and i want to learn more about what happened back then, but SHEESH!! Too expensive for my taste. If I had enough money, I would get it though.

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  • Posted November 12, 2008

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    The perfect example of euphoria with power .. (2 of 2)

    (1 of 2) is posted in Hardcover edition ...<BR/><BR/>It is `blessed' because the recalcitrant Junta could save its neck from the King's noose. <BR/><BR/>It is blessed because there was no shooting to kill and no `slaughter or bloodshed' during the mid-night operation of July 22nd. And 23rd.<BR/> <BR/>It is blessed because never in history has such Coup occurred by young Junta - with their different political leanings - came to `power' without any plans and/or experience on how to run a Country as big and densely populated as Egypt. <BR/><BR/>It is blessed because Najib went with it, slow, thoughtful - he knew something was seriously brewing and kept silent - and in his pontifical way and high rank, gave `the movement' the necessary aroma of prestige. <BR/><BR/>Did Najib ever anticipate the King would be ousted? <BR/>I do not think so. <BR/>I am sure he must have been mortified to `discover' two things that 1) the Young Officers' have changed their minds and decided the King should abdicate and 2) they took advantage of him. <BR/><BR/>Mohammed Najib could do no wrong, but the worst was to come in the context of euphoria with power.

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  • Posted November 12, 2008

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    The perfect example of euphoria with power, (1 of 2)

    I can appreciate the first part of the title: "Nasser blessed movement'. <BR/>It is to the second part `Egypt's' Free Officers and the July Revolution, that I do not agree. <BR/>The July 23rd 1952 was not a Revolution per se. <BR/>The book if full of credible reasons behind what happened in 1952 and this additional note is, perhaps, of added value. <BR/><BR/>The young officers (the majority were in their late twenties and early thirties) started to trickle into army ranks to see how they could secure more votes to have recognizable presence in the Army. The real challenge now was the election of effective members to the Officers Club Board. <BR/>The young officers activities this time were more energetic because it came in the middle of the hot summer vacation periods when almost all public officials were out of Cairo (some travelled abroad), including the King who was in Alexandria and planned to travel to Europe for the family yearly recreation. <BR/>King Farouk was suspicious of General Mohamed Najib because he realized how far the General was backed by a group of `garrulous boys' (the King's preferred description of the Free Officers). The young officers were still determined to 1) have, for the first time ever, free elections to the Club, 2) try to push many reforms in the army that were past due after the military poor performance against Israel in 1948 and 3) their presence would be felt during the implementation of any reforms. <BR/>The King was determined he would never give up to `a bunch of garrulous boys', `the hysterical reckless gang'....... <BR/>In fact the king hit on a brilliant debating point, he proposed Ali Najib's candidacy. The King's Divan saw this solution in no way conflicted with the King's honour. (General Ali Najib is the borther of General Mohammad Najib). <BR/>Nevertheless, nothing could have delighted the young officers more than Mohammad Najib's election to the Club, but how could it be achieved. <BR/>Actually Najib was eloquent that he virtually persuaded key political players to agree to a purely symbolic reforms in the Army beginning with the Officers Club so that the Board would from now on be elected and not appointed by the King as before. <BR/><BR/>It seemed sensible to ask Najib (a General) to represent the Junta (many had been in the ranks of lieutenants) and to mediate with the King on the overdue reforms. <BR/>In the beginning the Junta never thought of deposing the King, all they were after was to seek reforms including the removal of some 'palace cronies' that they all heartily despised. The Palace men were mainly of certain non-Egyptians of Albanian, French, Italians, and Lebanese/Syrian origins. <BR/>But all was a frail when they learned King Farouk possessed a complete list of the names of the recalcitrant young officers; Gamal Abdul Nasser's was also mentioned. General Mohamed Najib's name was not there, because to the Egyptian monarch, in specific, and to the monarchy in general, Najib always gave his fidelity and support. <BR/><BR/>And it was only a matter of time to arrest them all. <BR/>So the `movement' was also a means of survival. <BR/><BR/>It is `blessed' because the recalcitrant Junta could save its neck from the King's noose.

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