Man Of The Year: The Gift of the River Nile

Arab by definition, its people have a history that makes them proud

Looked at on a map, Egypt is a big country: 386,900 sq. mi., or about the size of France and Spain put together. A satellite photo, which can distinguish between desert and arable land, tells a different story. Viewed from space, the real Egypt—the land that man can live on—is small and lotus-shaped. A thin, two-to ten-mile-wide strip of green, the flower's stem, follows the Nile north from the Sudan border; then, near Cairo, comes the blossom, the Nile Delta. In that narrow space of 13,800 sq. mi., no...

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