Egypt’s best known journalist presents an indictment of Sadat’s domestic and international policies, finding his role of superstar of the media purchased at the. Mohamed Hassanein Heikal, the renowned Egyptian journalist, writes on the first page of Autumn of Fury that he was “very fond of Sadat as a man.” The reader. Autumn of Fury: The Assassination of Sadat During the few moments that passed between the murder of Sadat and the seizure of his.

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Sadat had found that vodka was a helpful stimulant Parts of Autumn of Fury may be true, to be sure, but how can the reader tell which ones? Nevertheless, Heikal’s book is very readable and, like David Hirst and Irene Beeson’s similarly one-sided biography, reflects a view widespread in the Arab world. For this reason, each mention of Nasser in this book is uncritical—no, lyrical: Heikal also fails in the matter of accuracy. Heikal, a confidant of both Nasser and Sadat, broke with the latter in the aftermath of the October war with Israel; arrested in a mass crackdown on dissenters in Septemberhe spent the last days of Sadat’s regime a prisoner.

Heikal scorns Sadat’s surest claim against history, his trip to Jerusalem and the ensuing peace between Egypt and Israel, for producing no tangible rewards for Egypt the restoration of Egyptian sovereignty over the Sinai is relegated to a footnote and for betraying the Arab cause as well as Egypt’s historic role as leader of the Arab world. Not even the Swiss can do that. A mint tea would be followed by dinner, Heikal’s description of the Camp David accords is so distorted, the accords are almost unrecognizable: I just want to say that they contain untrue stories, far from the truth.

The economic opening of Egypt in ended the effort to build a socialist economy and paved the way for maldistribution of income and massive corruption. Please provide an email address.

This would be followed by a light breakfast, consisting probably of a piece of cheese and some calorie-free toast all his cereal requirements were made from calorie-free flour imported from Switzerland—even his sweet pastry kunafa.


Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Sadat aautumn depicted as a petty tyrant and puppet of American policy, a master of media politics ignorant of the true interests of his pf. He repeatedly took priceless Egyptian antiquities off display at the Egyptian Museum and gave them to foreign friends. Instead, Sadat “was not really interested in exploiting the initial victories of Egyptian arms, I do not like to talk about these topics.

Autumn of Fury: The Assassination of Sadat :: Reviewed by Daniel Pipes

Is he candid zutumn his objectives or does he have hidden motives? Most of what Heikal writes in Autumn of Fury is new and much of it is damning.

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Those much closer to Sadat than he awsassination categorically denounced this book as unreliable. Rather than guess mistakenly, he would do better to ignore Mohamed Heikal’s angry testimony and await a more solid account.

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But the key to redeeming Nasser’s name is to blacken that of his successor; every act by Sadat is portrayed in the worst possible light.

On the other hand, he seriously considers the notion that the CIA arranged for Sadat’s assassination, deciding against this explanation only because “Sadat’s regime was still able to serve American interests in the Middle East. Reviewed by Daniel Pipes Commentary November Egypt receive the latest by email: All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: Over thirty years later, this review prompted an article by Hala Amin in Al-Bawaba. He vehemently disagrees with Sadat’s strategy of pursuing a limited war to lay the ground for permanent peace, arguing that this missed a great opportunity.

Still, one cannot dismiss as mere resentment Heikal’s description of the new rich class of entrepreneurs created by Sadat’s economic policies, and its pervasive corruption; nor can one write off his remarks on Sadat’s growing political isolation and its outcome–popular unrest, communal violence, political repression, and the growth of underground anti-regime movements.



Heikal rose to prominence as Nasser’s personal confidant, and for many years he served as the Egyptian government’s spokesman. The Assassination of Sadat By. The credibility of Autumn of Fury depends entirely on the veracity of the author. Heikal condemns every one of Sadat’s major policies, including the expulsion of the Russian advisers inoc liberalization saadtand peace with Israel in Do his facts match those in the public record and are his judgments trustworthy? In his effort to condemn everything associated with Sadat, Heikal ends up justifying any force that opposed him, even his killers.

Finally, on matters of interpretation, Heikal displays an extreme political viewpoint.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Mohamed Hassanein Heikal, the renowned Egyptian journalist, writes on the first page of Autumn of Fury that he was “very fond of Sadat as a man. Reviewed by Daniel Pipes Commentary November http: Once a year he personally supervised “a bonfire in which all papers he thought would be better forgotten were destroyed”—papers dealing with the disbursement of secret funds and transcriptions of telephone conversations.

His basic difference with the President, however, concerns the aftermath of the war in October They are inaccurate and untrue. He usually woke up late, between 9: In the account of events leading up to the Jerusalem trip, Heikal omits the critical joint U.

After a couple of hours of this he would be complaining of the burden of business “They are killing me with work” and would adjourn with a friend for perhaps some more vodka, followed by a light lunch of cold chicken or meat and salad. The absence of documentation—only a handful of footnotes and almost no attributions—makes it impossible independently to verify Heikal’s assertions.

Today, as the most visible and articulate keeper of the Nasserist legacy, his abiding desire is to reinstate Nasser’s reputation and policies.

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