June 2015 Readers' Book Club

Nasser My Husband

Nasser My Husband

Tahia Gamal Abdel Nasser and Tahia Khaled Abdel Nasser
American University in Cairo Press
Arabic version by Dar Shorouk

Gamal Abdel Nasser, architect of Egypt's 1952 Revolution, president of the country from 1956 to 1970, hero to millions across the Arab world since the Suez Crisis, was also a family man, a devoted husband and father who kept his private life largely private.
In 1973, three years after his early passing at the age of 52, his wife Tahia wrote a memoir of her beloved husband for her family. The family then waited almost forty years, through the presidencies of Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak, both unsympathetic to the memory of Nasser, before publishing Tahia's book in Arabic for the first time in 2011. Now this unique insight into the life of one of the giants of the twentieth century is finally available in English.
Accompanied by more than eighty photographs from the family archive, many never before published, this historic book tells the story of Gamal and Tahia's life together from their marriage in 1944, through the Revolution and Gamal's career on the world stage, revealing an unknown and intimate picture of the man behind the president.
"At 6:30am on the morning of July 23, 1952 there was a knock on the door. Tharwat Okasha shook my hand and congratulated me: 'The military coup has succeeded.' I asked him about Gamal. 'He is close by, not more than five minutes away at the General Command.' At 9:30am an officer called: he had come from the General Command at Kubri al-Qubba, sent by Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser to tell me that he was fine and would not be home for lunch."

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Further reading

Tahia Abdelnasser's memoir archival video
Nasser My Husband book review by Wafaa Alshimi
Nasser My Husband book review by Khairy Mansour
Nasser's Funeral September 1970 video of largest funeral in history

Excerpts from the book
Chapter Two
Preparing for the Entrance exam to the Staff Officers Academy and Gamal The Man
Chapter Four
23 July Revolution
Chapters Five and Six
Manshiya Assasination Attempt - Non Alliance Movement - Tripartite Agression - End of Union with Syria
Last Chapter
Summer of 1970 - Urgent Arab Summit Conference - The Last Moments