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The Revolution That Wasn’t

Hugh Roberts, 12 September 2013

The Rise and Fall of Arab Presidents for Life 
by Roger Owen.
Harvard, 248 pp., £18.95, May 2012, 978 0 674 06583 3
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Adaptable Autocrats: Regime Power in Egypt and Syria 
by Joshua Stacher.
Stanford, 221 pp., £22.50, April 2012, 978 0 8047 8063 6
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Raging against the Machine: Political Opposition under Authoritarianism in Egypt 
by Holger Albrecht.
Syracuse, 248 pp., £25, October 2012, 978 0 8156 3320 4
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Soldiers, Spies and Statesmen: Egypt’s Road to Revolt 
by Hazem Kandil.
Verso, 303 pp., £16.99, November 2012, 978 1 84467 961 4
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... about the ‘revolution’ from that moment onwards. A good account of Kifaya can be found in Holger Albrecht’s timely study of the opposition movements that existed under Mubarak. Contrary to the caricatures that became de rigueur once the balloon went up, Albrecht insists that Mubarak’s was ‘a liberalised ...

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