The Road to Tahrir Square: Egypt and the United States from the Rise of Nasser to the Fall of Mubarak

The Road to Tahrir Square: Egypt and the United States from the Rise of Nasser to the Fall of Mubarak

by Lloyd C. Gardner

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Overview

When protesters in Egypt began to fill Cairo’s Tahrir Square on January 25th—and refused to leave until their demand that Hosni Mubarak step down was met—the politics of the region changed overnight. And the United States’ long friendship with the man who had ruled under Emergency Law for thirty years came starkly into question.

From Franklin D. Roosevelt’s brief meeting with King Farouk near the end of World War II to Barack Obama’s Cairo Speech in 2009 and the recent fall of Mubarak—the most significant turning point in American foreign policy since the end of the Cold War—this timely new book answers the urgent question of why Egypt has mattered so much to the United States. The Road to Tahrir Square is the first book to connect past and present, offering readers today an understanding of the events and forces determining American policy in this vitally important region.

Making full use of the available records—including the controversial Wikileaks archive—renowned historian Lloyd C. Gardner shows how the United States has sought to influence Egypt through economic aid, massive military assistance, and CIA manipulations, an effort that has immediate implications for how the current crisis will alter the balance of power in the Middle East. As millions of Americans ponder how the Egyptian revolution will change the face of the region and the world, here is both a fascinating story of past policies and an essential guide to possible futures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595587213
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Lloyd C. Gardner is the Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University and the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including The Long Road to Baghdad and Three Kings (both available from The New Press). He lives in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 Prelude: Searching for a Policy 1

2 The Nasser Gamble Fails 36

3 Eisenhower Doctrine to Six Days of War 75

4 Life with Anwar Sadat: Or a Story of Empire by Invitation 112

5 The $50 Billion Gamble: Thirty Years of Egyptian-American Co-Dependence 149

6 Arab Spring 193

Postscript 201

Notes 207

Index 223

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