"Short, readable, clear, and passionately written. A good introduction to Egypt's story."-Boston Globe Boston Globe "Tarek Osman, a Western-educated Egyptian banker and occasional columnist, brings the eye of an intelligent amateur to the story of this country's past half century. He writes with feeling, backed up by an impressively broad list of sources as well as sharp critical insight and astute judgement."-The Economist Economist "Osman delivers textured historical context ... and he focuses analysis more accurately than most current pundits."-Carlin Romano, The Chronicle of Higher Education -- Carlin Romano The Chronicle of Higher Education "Published a short time before thousands of Egyptians began pouring into Cairo's Tahrir Square, Egypt on the Brink is a timely account of Egypt near the end of the 30-year Mubarak era. It is presented thematically, rather than chronologically, and one of the most intriguing themes is the notion that whereas Egypt in the age of liberal nationalism (the 1920s and 1930s) and the Nasser years (1952-70) had a regional standing and a sense of national purpose, Hosni Mubarak's regime lost both this standing and this purpose as it devolved into a dreary despotism. Yet Osman writes with neither nostalgia nor disdain. Separate chapters discuss the Islamists, the Christians, the rise of liberal capitalism, and Egypt's youth. Even the conclusion, which speculates on who and what regime would replace Mubarak, now overtaken by events, offers useful thoughts on Egypt's distinctive politics."-L. Carl Brown, Foreign Affairs -- L. Carl Brown Foreign Affairs
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Tarek Osman, a political economist focused on the Arab World, is the author of the internationally acclaimed Egypt on the Brink; a regular contributor to Foreign Affairs,Financial Times, Project-Syndicate, and the Cairo Review; the writer and presenter of the BBC's major production "The Making of the Modern Arab World", and the political counsellor of the European bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD) for the Arab World. He has 16-years experience in strategy consulting, direct investment, and political-economy advisory. His website is www.tarekosman.com; and twitter account is:@TarekmOsman.