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Mubarak resigns -- best books on Egypt

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Now that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has resigned, the country is likely to be headed for weeks, months or years or turmoil. There will be a rush to fill the political power vacuum, so let's hope it doesn't get ugly -- and bloody. Meanwhile, if you want to brush up on your knowledge of the country, its modern history, culture and people, here are some suggestions:

"Inside Egypt: The Land of the Pharaohs on the Brink of a Revolution" by John R. Bradley

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"Egypt after Mubarak: Liberalism, Islam, and Democracy in the Arab World" by Bruce K. Rutherford

The Cairo Trilogy: "Palace Walk," "Palace of Desire" and "Sugar Street" by Naguib Mahfouz

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"The Yacoubian Building: A Novel" by Alaa Al Aswany

"The Cheapest Nights" by Yusuf Idris


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