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Highly readable history of Cairo
am 22. Oktober 1998
A must-read history of Cairo. A well written history of this interesting capital city. The writing style adopted by Mr Rodenbeck skirts the usual heaviness of history books, and he has created a highly readable book, quite sympathetic to Cairenes. The last third of the book deals with the insurmountable social and economical problems in modern Cairo, the ascendancy of a newly moneyed class, crassly disconnected from the remaining of its inhabitants, and with the city's cultural vacuum.