Revolt on the Nile – Anwar el Sadat (1957) (1st ed)


Revolt on the Nile – Anwar el Sadat (1957) (1st ed)


Title: Revolt on the Nile

Author: Colonel Anwar El Sadat, President Nasser (foreword), Thomas Graham (trans.)

Publisher: Allan Wingate, 1957. First edition.

Condition: Hardcover, with dust jacket. Very good. Small creases and closed tears to dust jacket, wrapped in plastic. Small inscription to ffep, and very slight foxing. With black-and-white photographic plates. 131pp., app 8″ by 5″. 

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From jacket flap:

We make no apology for the publication of this astonishing document, which we regard as a publishing “scoop” of some magnitude.

Colonel El Sadat, Secretary of the Pan-Islam Congress and Editor of the Government Newspaper, El Goumhouria, was one of a group of young officers initiated into a secret society by a silent young captain called Gamal Abdel Nasser over the camp fires of Mankabad during the summer manoeuvres of 1938. From that moment, he worked only for the Revolution, and is today one of President Nasser’s most important advisers.

In 1942, Nasser and Sadat were so obsessed by hatred of the British regime that when Rommel was sweeping forward to Cairo they felt it their duty to liaise with the Germans in the hope that a British defeat would mean the end of Egyptian humiliation. Two young Nazi officers came through the Allied lines, wearing British uniforms and armed with fifty thousand pounds’ worth of forged banknotes. British Intelligence, with the help of two young ladies of easy virtue, uncovered their nest in a houseboat on the Nile, and the author tells the fantastic story that the young officers, at first obdurate, confessed all the Churchill himself, who was passing through Cairo, in return for their lives.

“All” meant imprisonment for El Sadat. But he escaped, and rejoined Nasser in attempts at making contact with the Germans by a series of conspiratorial plots which were enacted in an atmosphere of remarkable and perhaps typically Egyptian inefficiency. There is the story of the submarine which failed to start, the landmine which wouldn’t go off, in fact a host of tragi-comic incidents which are hard to connect with the ruthless intelligence of the sudden and bloodless coup which unseated King Farouk and which later, showed itself in the seizure of the Suez Canal.

This book is important because it answers for the first time many of the questions which people have been asking. Indeed, in the light of the information it contains, which we, as publishers, now dispassionately present, the intelligent reader can form entirely fresh conclusions on the state of mind, the motives, the intentions and the potentialities for the danger of the new rulers of Egypt.