The Heikal Papers: A Discourse on Politics and the 1967 Arab-Israeli War with Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser; Strategic Insights, v. 6, issue 4 (April 2005)
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Mohammed Hassanein Heikal is perhaps the most prolific and influential presidential chronicler in Egypt’s modern history. He has written many volumes on the Egyptian perspective of the Arab- Israeli Wars and continues to write books that help Egypt’s intellectuals rationalize modern events. He has spent over five decades as a journalist, presidential confidant to Egypt’s presidents Nasser (1954-1970) and Sadat (1970-1981), as well as editor and commentator. Heikal had the unique opportunity to spend 10 hours with President Gamal Abdel Nasser on June 9, 1967, four days into the 1967 Six-Day War. Heikal’s interview represents Nasser unedited, as having a discussion with a close confidant (Heikal) as the 1967 war rages around him.
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