Milestones: 45 Years Ago In TIME

Long before Saddam Hussein's face-off against the U.S., another controversial Arab leader provoked U.S. concern in the Middle East, Egypt's President GAMAL ABDEL NASSER:

It had been a week of dangerous, teetering triumph for Gamal Abdel Nasser, the new Alexander of the Eastern Mediterranean, a conqueror who has never marched beyond his balcony, a soldier whose victories are made from military defeats, a victor who has never won a war or even a battle. By marshaling the emotions of the Arab masses, articulating their angriest aspirations, stirring their most vituperative violence by his press and radio, and plotting to subvert...

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