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

John R. Bradley
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2 Jun 2008

Five decades after Nasser and the Free Officers overthrew the British-backed monarchy in a dramatic coup d'etat, the future of Egypt grows more uncertain by the day. John Bradley examines the junctions of Egyptian politics and society as they slowly disintegrate under the twin pressures of a ruthless military dictatorship at home and a flawed Middle East policy in Washington. Inside Egypt is a tour-de-force of the most brutal Arab state where torture and corruption are endemic - but one that is also a key U.S. all and a historic regional trendsetter. This uniquely insightful book brings to vivid life Egypt's competing identities and political trends, as the Mubarak dynasty struggles to resolve a succession crisis and the disciplined Islamists wait patiently in the wings for a chance to seize power.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (2 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403984778
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403984777
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 14.2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,081,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"After the Arab Spring is indispensable to understanding why the Middle East uprisings aren't going where we want. Bradley has a better pulse on the reality than anyone."--ROBERT BAER, former CIA operative and inspiration for the movie SYRIANA

'The situation [in the Middle East] has developed almost exactly along the lines that John R. Bradley predicted."--The Spectator (U.K.)

"Bradley says Western journalists mocked him when he predicted a revolution in Egypt. In his famous book Inside Egypt: The Land of the Pharaohs on the Brink of a Revolution (2008), he predicted the outbreak of a popular revolt against the Mubarak regime (which banned the book). After the uprising Bradley was transformed into a star overnight, because of his book's accurate prediction; and he is hunted by the print media, satellite channels and international television stations."--Asharq Al-Awsat, the leading pan-Arab daily newspaper

"What distinguishes [Bradley] from many other Western commentators is that he has gone native in the Arab world, living among Arab people and immersing himself in Arab culture. What also makes him stand out is the way he writes with a manifest determination to make a difference."--The New Statesman (U.K.)

"[Bradley] uses a graceful journalist's pen to write with scholarly authority [and] shows a sensitivity rare for a Westerner, reaching directly to the society's core."--The Nation

"Back in 2008, John R. Bradley was dubbed an alarmist for uniquely -- yet at the same time accurately -- predicting an Egyptian uprising. But he was right, and his publications were banned by Hosni Mubarak's regime. In his new book, After the Arab Spring, his message is a simple one: everything we've been told about the Arab spring is wrong. In his view, political Islam has hijacked the revolutions across the Middle East."--Sir David Frost, on Al-Jazeera English

"John R. Bradley, author of After the Arab Spring, was one of the few journalists who sang out of tune to the chorus of Arab Spring enthusiasts, pointing out that the failure of the democratic transition in Tunisia, the most progressive Arab country, portended failure when it came to the possibility of success in other countries. The Islamists were poised to mobolise for the elections. They have indeed hijacked the revolutions." --Tomás Alcoverro, La Vanguardia (Spain)

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'Inside Egypt is an original, angry, brilliant, subtle, and highly readable expose of contemporary Egyptian politics and society.' - Peter Bergen, author of Holy War Inc. and The Osama bin Laden I Know
'...through conversations with prominent and ordinary Egyptians, John R Bradley describes the developing crisis in this key US ally. He shows the disastrous effects of successive US governments propping up the repressive dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak, now the third longest-ruling leader in Egypt's four thousand year history.' - Jon Dale, The Socialist

'...a must read for anyone interested in Egyptian politics.' - Nathan Field, Daily News Egypt

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A short walk from the American University in Cairo, through the bustling downtown streets of Africa's largestâ ”and the Arab world's most populousâ ”capital city, is a shabby little cafe called Al-Nadwa Al-Saqafiya. Read the first page
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By A. Byrnes TOP 500 REVIEWER
"Inside Egypt" is a pleasure to read for the quality of the writing and the insights shared, but at the same time it is truly disturbing.

I started visiting Egypt in the mid 1990s and have been visiting twice a year for work reasons for several weeks at a time since 2002. But I don't speak Arabic which means that I have no real contact with Egyptian people and their lives. N do I have the chance to hear their ideas about political and social issues. This book has helped me to find a bridge between the current state of affairs in Egypt and my own unfortunate ignorance.

"Inside Egypt" opens with the author's meeting with "The Yakoubian Building" author Al-Aswani in a cafe frequented by intellectuals and hangers-on in downtown Cairo. As well as snippets from the discussions between those at the cafe and quotes from the interview with Al-Aswani, Bradley observes the world around him and shares his observations about what he sees and hears, interpreting those observations with the reader. This is very typical of the book as a whole. Bradley, a journalist who speaks fluent Egyptian Arabic, draws on his own experiences, his meetings with people at all levels of society, and chance encounters, to provide the reader with an informed and articulate view of a country in substantial crisis.

Before delving into some of the more troublesome issues in Egypt, Bradley tackles the historical context which has led to Egypt being in the situation it is in today.

Handling subjects like corruption, torture, religious dispute, religion in politics, poverty, the impacts of the absence of a middle class and the political future, Bradley never shies away from the unpleasant or the frankly horrifying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Egypt on the brink" 28 Jun 2009
This is an excellent book on the current state of affairs in Egypt. Egypt has been under a military dictatorship since the early 1950s - its latest living embodiment, Hosni Mabarak, who took power in 1981 after the assassination of Anwar Sadat, is in charge of an increasingly corrupt, violent regime, beset by significant economic and social problems, and facing a possible succession crisis - the author is sceptical of Hosni`s son, Gamal`s, chances of inheriting power although he doesn`t rule it out entirely.
The author also addresses the possible main contender for power, the Muslim Brotherhood. He delves into their beliefs and aims, and interviews one of their leading spokesmen - there is little there to reassure outside observers of a 'happy ending' as per the Turkish model. In fact, one is more struck with the unerring parallels with Pakistan - longlasting military involvement in running the country (down), squeezing out of moderates and secularists from involvement in parliament and civil society, the use of alliances with Islamic extremists to send "signals' to the American government not to take the current leadership for granted, stay away from trying to promote human rights and keep the financial support coming - the author reckons the latter at over US $ 2 billion per annum. (One other common item - ownership of nuclear arms, is missing now). Mubarak has been adept at sending the US government the right signals - when the US wanted to push for more transparency and accountability in Egypt, Mubarak, as dictator and in whose power it lies, "awarded" the Muslim Brotherhood 20 % of the seats in the new parliament in 2005. The author states that this was a reminder to the US of along the lines "apres moi, la deluge" and accordingly the US backed off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tic, tic, tic.... watch and believe. 3 Jan 2010
Having lived, studied and spent over 5 years in Egypt from 1975 to 1981 I can feel, touch, smell, hold in my vision everything John R. Bradley described in this book. History WILL repeat itself and mankind will not have learned a thing. So sad. A must reading for anyone with a consciousness for humanity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great 6 April 2009
It was on time in good condition and there were no problem I recommend it to all my friends thank you very much
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1.0 out of 5 stars A poorly written and mildly plagiaristic book 27 April 2012
This book is not particularly insightful. I very much doubt that Fareed Zakaria actually read it before recommending it as his "book of the week" on CNN. There is also significant evidence that much of Inside Egypt was plagiarized from other sources. University of Texas political scientist Jason Brownlee reviewed the book for the Middle East Journal, and concluded that "Significant passages of Inside Egypt appear to originate in previously published works and lack appropriate acknowledgment of those sources." To read Brownlee's review click here:[...]
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