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Comprehensive Bio of Fayed and his Business
on 5 October 2003
This was a really comprehensive biography of the life of Fayed. The book takes you through his lowly Egyptian origin-- his poor family, and first job selling Coca-Cola on the street--through his first successes, and his first marriage. Then the book shows the reader how he completely “remade” his public image, his family, and ancestors!
Most of the book is slower reading because it details all of his business dealings extensively. But that is really what Fayed’s life is all about—BUSINESS. I did not enjoy this book as much as Bower’s other books, such as the one he did on Princess Diana, but that is because of the type of life Fayed led, not because Bower’s writing is not as good. I just want readers to know that this book is NOT read easily, or quickly. But it will answer ALL questions about Fayed, who he is, his life, his brothers, his business associates—friends and enemies--his business dealings, personal dealings, AND what caused all the hoopla about the British Secret Service assassinating Dodi and Diana. Part of it was the “Arab psyche,” and part of it was Fayed’s effort to take any focus off the driver’s inebriated condition.
This book answered ALL of my questions about Fayed, and I am glad I purchased the book. If you are interested in Fayed, by all means, buy this book.