Man Of The Year: Four Crises: A Wife's View

Jihan Sadat, 43, is Westernized in her dress and in her outlook on social problems. The presidential consort, however, stays out of politics completely and was kept in the dark by her husband during the four major crises of his career: the 1952 revolution that overthrew King Farouk, an attempted coup by ambitious leftists in 1971, the October War of 1973, and his journey to Jerusalem in November. Last month, in an interview with TIME Cairo Bureau Chief Wilton Wynn, she recalled in revealing fashion these pivotal moments.

1952 Revolution. At the time, my...

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