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January  2000
413 pp.
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ISBN 9789774245640
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Cairo

The City Victorious Max Rodenbeck

A richly textured biography of one of the world’s greatest cities

After 5,000 years of continuous habitation, Cairo remains the greatest metropolis in its quarter of the globe. The seat of pharaohs and sultans, the prize of conquerors from Alexander to Napoleon, the city has never stopped reinventing itself. ‘The Victorious’ is what the Arabs called Cairo, and the indomitable spirit of the place still merits the name. Max Rodenbeck’s richly textured biography combines a sweeping timescale with a keen eye for telling detail. It traces the life of Cairo from birth—the ancient Egyptians believed Creation itself took place there—through the heights of medieval splendor, and on to the present day. Modern Cairo is a place of stark contrasts. Skyscrapers abut ancient tombs and genteel colonial mansions. Pulled between the cultural poles of Paris and Mecca, the city’s population struggles under a double load as they cope with the burden of an incomparably rich past as well as the challenges of the future. Cairo: The City Victorious is a cultural excavation of one of the world’s great cities. Fusing the excitement of travel with the stimulation of history, it is an epic, resonant work.
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Max Rodenbeck has lived in Cairo off and on for twenty years. He is Middle East correspondent for The Economist.

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“the most authoritative and entertaining read on the convoluted and picturesque 1000-year history of the Egyptian capital.”—Lonely Planet<br><br>

“great for helping foreigners adjust their attitudes to the city.”—Lonely Planet<br><br>The author has

“a profound understanding of this city and its people.”—Cairo Times

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