For many years, the best friend and trusted confidant of Egypt's Gamal Abdel Nasser was the chief of his armed forces, Field Marshal Abdel Hakim Amer. But the two had a serious falling out after Egypt's disastrous defeat by Israel in June, and in September, while under house arrest for allegedly plotting a military coup, Amer either committed suicide—the official version of his death —or was killed. After his death, intelligence agents of another Arab state obtained in Cairo a 14-page document said to be Amer's last testament. Though the Middle East makes a business of forgery, sources who knew Amer...

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