EGYPT: Longing for the Day

EGYPT Longing for the Day

From the moment Strongman Mohammed Naguib proclaimed a revolution in Egypt, he began a furious fight against the nation's constitutional inertia. There was not much time. He had to transform Egypt before cowed politicians could make a comeback, and a fickle public got too impatient waiting for results.

Naguib gave himself six months of supreme powers and personally took over jobs that would tax three ordinary men: Premier, defense minister, chief of staff. Twenty hours a day, seven days a week he labored. Once, at a cornerstone-laying ceremony, he...

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