Last Days of the Pharaoh Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Two days before the collapse of Hosni Mubarak's regime in Egypt, one man gathered the courage to tell the president the truth: he would be killed in his palace if he did not step down. What came next revealed the bitter power struggles atop the most populous country in the Middle East at its most vulnerable moment in six decades.
But it was too late. As street protests swelled into the hundreds of thousands across the country, decision-making at the highest levels broke down and Mubarak fled to the resort city of Sharm el Sheikh.
This is the inside story of the final days of Egypt's modern-day pharaoh, who ruled with near autocratic powers for three decades before being forced to resign on February 11, 2011.
Cairo-based journalist Bradley Hope interviewed more than two dozen eyewitnesses, from current and former officials to Mubarak's long-time make-up artist, to tell the dramatic story of the president's downfall.
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|Listening Length||1 hour and 28 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 12, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #280,610 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#180 in Egyptian History (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,095 in Egyptian History (Books)
#1,272 in Political Science History & Theory
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'Do not deliver him a horse
Because alas he is a corpse
Don't call him names and make him cry
Don't come and poke him in the eye'
Hope does not poke Mubarak in the eye. But Last Days is not a wistful apologia. Nor is the work shackled with the deadening sense of the inevitable that sometimes accompanies such accounts. We all know how the Egyptian president turned out in the end, yet I remained in thrall to the racing story, at every turn Quixotically thinking: maybe he will see sense and save himself! Of course, he does no such thing, but it is a testament to Hope's rollercoaster writing style that we follow the plot as if it were unfolding 'in real time'.
Hope is an intrepid Middle East correspondent of the 'old school', whose keen eye for sourcing and Pasolini-like affinity for the 'common man' bring us face to face as much with Mubarak's elite inner circle as his proletarian makeup artist. There is much dark humour, poignancy and empathy in this account of the downfall of Egypt's 'Godfather' figure.
'Last Days' is by no means perfect, however. Sometimes, Hope's journalistic instincts privilege plot and pacing over analysis. For example, I would have loved to see a more fleshed-out assessment of the intriguing parallels between Mubarak and Romania's Ceausescu. A wider geopolitical focus might also have helped to put the Egyptian events into a wider context: where were Russia and the US as Mubarak floundered? At what point did Obama decide to throw his old ally under the bus? What was Israel thinking as all this was happening? What about the Palestinians and the Sinai? Perhaps Hope can revisit these themes for the book-length version.
Such minor pedantic quibbles aside, if you've been overwhelmed by the frenetic news coverage of Tahrir Square and feel that now it's too late to understand what happened, Last Days is an excellent place to start.