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The narrator is fine, better than most authors. The book, however, is not balanced and calls Egypt’s economy “free” even though the state plays a big role and connections are key. The author then criticizes the “free” economy because it allows firms to make profits while laborers lose their jobs. The author also credits all complaints against the authorities and dismisses out of hand their version of events. Perhaps there is truth to the allegations he repeats, but there is no way for a reader to know and I do not care to take the author's obviously biased word for it. I had thought this was going to be a history, but the author is lazy and does not support his positions, so it is more like a colorful opinion piece.
Wasted my money, thought I was going to get a history of modern Egypt that would reveal some of the current problems, but what I got was a very twisted alternative history with omissions so large it was impossible to accept as anything but propaganda that whitewashes the soviet involvement in Egypt and totally negates the Islamic brotherhood influence on the country's history plus totally skipping any mention of the Islamic influence. Everything is simplified to blame globalisation and capitalism the only evil in the world.
If you like to base history on anecdotal stories and hearsay this is the book if you like reading propaganda this also is the book. I prefer a balanced history where many influences create a reality not a single sided tale to make all one simplistic answer.
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