Egypt: Regime Bans Critical Book on Country by British Author

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Palgrave Macmillan was informed this week that local booksellers in Egypt are now banned from stocking copies of Inside Egypt.

Palgrave Macmillan was informed this week that local booksellers in Egypt are now banned from stocking copies of Inside Egypt: The Land of the Pharaohs on the Brink of a Revolution by John R. Bradley (New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan, June 2008).

The book has received widespread praise in the UK and USA and has been reviewed in Egypt's English-language paper, The Daily News Egypt, as well as a number of Arabic-language Egyptian opposition newspapers.

About the Book
In Inside Egypt, Bradley examines the junctions of Egyptian politics and society as they slowly disintegrate under the twin pressures of a ruthless military dictatorship at home and a flawed Middle East policy in Washington. Inside Egypt is a tour-de-force depiction of the most brutal Arab state where torture and corruption are endemic--but one that is also a key U.S. ally and a historic regional trendsetter.

About the Author
John R. Bradley has written for The Economist, The Washington Quarterly, The Financial Times, The New Republic, The Times Literary Supplement, Newsweek, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent and Salon. He has also been interviewed many times by CNN, the BBC, Fox News, NPR and PBS. Fluent in Egyptian Arabic and a longtime resident of Cairo, he is the author of Saudi Arabia Exposed: Inside a Kingdom in Crisis (2005), the most widely reviewed and highly praised book on the kingdom published in recent years.

Praise for Inside Egypt
"Egypt is the next domino to fall and, as they say, so goes Egypt so goes the Middle East. John R. Bradley hits the nail on the head, explaining why a pillar of American dominance in that part of the world is about to crumble." ROBERT BAER, author of See No Evil and Sleeping with the Devil

"A blistering overview of what it's like to live today in this autocratic, hopelessly corrupt society. Terrifically well told and extremely sobering." KIRKUS REVIEWS

"Inside Egypt is an original, angry, brilliant, subtle, and highly readable exposé of contemporary Egyptian politics and society." PETER BERGEN, author of Holy War Inc and The Osama bin Laden I Know

"A devastating critique of the current Egyptian dictatorial government." LIBRARY JOURNAL

"Compelling… John R. Bradley is a maverick British journalist… who writes with a manifest determination to make a difference." NEW STATESMAN

"Essential reading for anyone interested in modern Egypt and the looming dramas of the Arab world." UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL

"John R. Bradley says that Egyptians love their country but hate their regime. So does he -- and, after reading this scathing, heartbreaking, beautifully written report from the front lines, so will you." GIDEON ROSE, managing editor of Foreign Affairs

"An interesting and eye-opening look into the minds of average Egyptians." THE OKLAHOMAN

"A must-read for anyone interested in Egyptian politics." THE DAILY NEWS (EGYPT)

To obtain a review copy, commission an article or discuss interviews and extracts, please contact: Sarah Thomas at sarah.thomas @ or 646.307.5011


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