Books: Rose in No Man's Land

REVOLUTION AND ROSES (261 pp.)—P. H. Newby—Knopf ($3.50).

P.H. (for Percy Howard) Newby, 39, is a puckish soldier turned professor, proletarian turned sahib. His The Picnic at Sakkara (TIME, Aug. 29, 1955) was a rich and penetrating fantasy of life in the Nile delta in the last hours of King Farouk. In Revolution and Roses he has moved on in time to the period when an Egyptian army clique led by General Naguib and Colonel Nasser turn out Farouk and take on the cumbrous business of governing a country that had "never had any real...

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