Middle East: From God, or Nasser

It is never fun to break up a vacation and rush home to deal with some problem at the office. For Egypt's Gamal Abdel Nasser, it was especially provoking, for he was enjoying some of the world's loveliest scenery at Marshal Tito's villa on the Yugoslav island of Brioni. But the cables from Cairo carried word that Nasser's Arab unity scheme was in a state of collapse. Reluctantly, Egypt's leader boarded a plane and headed across the Mediterranean to deal with his troublemaking partners, the Syrians.

Behind the crisis was a gamble three...

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