'Based on extensive revisionist primary sources, this book re-examines in great detail the crucial formative years of the military regime in Egypt. The merits of this book lie both in its nuanced accounts of the unexpected process of the Officers' consolidation of power, and in its finer interpretations of some of the events, based on extensive and careful reading of the available sources.'
Misako Ikeda, Harvard University British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 'It is this transitional phase of Nasser's rise to power that Gordon sets out to explore with consummate skill and a scrupulous attention to detail. Gordon has ... done an admirable job in fleshing out the internecine struggles unleashed by a revolution that is still within the living memory of many. On this crucial chapter in Egyptian history, Gordon has contributed an intelligent and elegant book, fascinating in the tale it tells and impressive in the breadth
of coverage of all the available sources.'
Alain Silvera, Bryn Mawr College, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 26:1 'Gordon provides us with a fascinating account of the Egyptian revolution ... The author has written a copiously documented book and makes sound use of newly declassified American and British archives on the period.'
Joseph A. Kechichian, Central Asian Survey, Vol. 11, 1992 'well-researched and dispassionate book ... It is good to be reminded, through Gordon's detailed study of this period, how provisional, extempore and contingent the works of politics and history are.'
Times Higher Education Supplement `perceptive and extremely well-researched study, ...Gordon skilfully unravels the complex manoeuvring between the military and civilians during the first two years.'
Peter Mansfield, Times Literary Supplementshow more