Sadat: How It Happened

Four suicidal killers succeed in slaying Sadat and stunning the world

The day dawned warm, dry, sunny, a typical October morning in Cairo. In the modern suburb of Nasr City, tank and truck engines were coughing to life as the troops began their final preparations for the big parade: the President, as every soldier knew, demanded nothing less than crisp precision and split-second timing. Already the six-lane parade route had been cleared of traffic, and 2,000 portable chairs were neatly arrayed in the reviewing stand across from the pyramid-shaped...

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