Nasser's Blessed Movement: Egypt's Free Officers and the July Revolutionby Joel Gordon
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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 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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It is `blessed' because the recalcitrant Junta could save its neck from the King's noose.
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.
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.
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.
Did Najib ever anticipate the King would be ousted?
I do not think so.
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.
Mohammed Najib could do no wrong, but the worst was to come in the context of euphoria with power.