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Egypt on the Brink

Tarek Os­man fo­cuses on the pe­riod from Nasser to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, but stops in 2013 be­fore the mil­i­tary coup that in­stalled el-Sisi. This book suc­ceeds in telling the story of the Egyp­tians as a peo­ple, and how they and their so­ci­ety have changed.

The Egyp­tians

If you read one book be­fore go­ing to Egypt, read this one by Jack Shenker. A won­der­ful writer who has im­mersed him­self in Cairo for a decade, his pas­sion­ate, an­gry, evoca­tive and multi-lay­ered tale of the city’s in­hab­i­tants may en­cour­age you to take a de­tour from the well-beaten tourist trail.

Into the Hands of the Sol­diers

A first-hand ac­count of the lead-up to the revo­lu­tion and its af­ter­math by The New York

Times‘ David D Kirk­patrick. It is im­me­di­ate and dis­arm­ing in the au­thor’s hon­esty about the lim­its of his knowl­edge and pre­con­cep­tions he ini­tially held.

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