Egypt: An Interrupted Lunch

In 1953, Cairo Publisher Mustafa Amin reported exuberantly that his nation's new revolutionary regime was the first "honest, democracy-loving government in 5,000 years of Egyptian his tory." Nasser soon proved him wrong, but for years the personable, pro-Western Amin remained close to Egypt's strongman. He was sent to Beirut on a top-secret mission to seek an end to the Suez war, served as Nasser's adviser on a trip to the U.N. In 1962, long after all Cairo papers had been nationalized, Nasser signed a decree restoring him as publisher of his Al Akhbar (The News). Last week Amin, 51,...

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