The Road to Tahrir Square (Paperback)

Egypt and the United States from the Rise of Nasser to the Fall of Mubarak

By Lloyd C. Gardner

New Press, 9781595587213, 230pp.

Publication Date: August 30, 2011

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When protesters in Egypt began to fill Cairo's Tahrir Square on January 25th--and refused to leave until their demand that Hosni Mubarak step down was met--the politics of the region changed overnight. And the United States' long friendship with the man who had ruled under Emergency Law for thirty years came starkly into question.

From Franklin D. Roosevelt's brief meeting with King Farouk near the end of World War II to Barack Obama's Cairo Speech in 2009 and the recent fall of Mubarak--the most significant turning point in American foreign policy since the end of the Cold War--this timely new book answers the urgent question of why Egypt has mattered so much to the United States. The Road to Tahrir Square is the first book to connect past and present, offering readers today an understanding of the events and forces determining American policy in this vitally important region.

Making full use of the available records--including the controversial Wikileaks archive--renowned historian Lloyd C. Gardner shows how the United States has sought to influence Egypt through economic aid, massive military assistance, and CIA manipulations, an effort that has immediate implications for how the current crisis will alter the balance of power in the Middle East. As millions of Americans ponder how the Egyptian revolution will change the face of the region and the world, here is both a fascinating story of past policies and an essential guide to possible futures.

About the Author

Lloyd C. Gardner is the Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University and the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including The Long Road to Baghdad and Three Kings (both available from The New Press). He lives in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

Praise For The Road to Tahrir Square: Egypt and the United States from the Rise of Nasser to the Fall of Mubarak

"When it comes to understanding the tangle of contradictions addling present-day U. S. policy in the Arab world, Lloyd Gardner has become our most astute guide. This compact, timely, and altogether admirable study is his best yet."
Andrew J. Bacevich, author of Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War

"This book is a clear, concise and insightful account of Egypt’s long decline, focusing on both the mistakes of its own leaders and the ignorant meddling of outside powers. It provides valuable answers to the questions many Americans asked as they watched the recent Egyptian uprising: 'Why is this happening? How did we get here? What does it mean?'"
Stephen Kinzer, former New York Times correspondent and author of Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq

"[A] thought-provoking distillation of the convoluted dealings between diplomats and governments that calls for a new tack, in which American actions finally match our rhetoric."
Publishers Weekly