Bradley on Russia Today:
After the Arab Spring

“John R. Bradley uses a graceful journalist’s pen to write with scholarly authority… shows a sensitivity rare for a Westerner, reaching directly to the society’s core.”THE NATION

“John R. Bradley has a better pulse on the Middle East reality than anyone.”ROBERT BAER, New York Times best-selling author and inspiration for the Hollywood blockbuster SYRIANA

“John R. Bradley’s writing is brave and essential to our understanding of the reality behind the official, artificial image of our societies.”ALAA AL-ASWANY, Egyptian author of THE YACOUBIAN BUILDING and CHICAGO


inside egypt

“This book caused an uproar in Egypt!” – Al-Masry Al-Youm


JOHN R. BRADLEY was born in England and educated at University College London, Dartmouth College and Exeter College, Oxford.


Fluent in Egyptian Arabic, he has been covering the Middle East for almost two decades.


He is unusual in that during this time he has never met another Western Middle East correspondent, and has no interest in doing so, choosing instead to live independently in working-class neighbourhoods in cities as diverse as Tunis, Cairo, Tangiers, Jeddah and Sanaa, socialising only with the local population and speaking only in Arabic.


Drawing on this personal, intimate experience of the region, he has written four critically acclaimed, best-selling books.


The best-known is Inside Egypt: The Land of the Pharaohs on the Brink of a Revolution (2008), which is the only book in modern history to have accurately predicted a popular revolt in a specific country.


Bradley on Fox News:
The Book that Predicted the Egyptian Revolution


In May 2007, a year before Inside Egypt was published, Bradley was featured on the front page of the country’s leading independent Arabic-language newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm, and in the accompanying full-page interview he warned of an imminent Egyptian revolution and stated that it would lead to an Islamist take-over and result only in economic and social disaster.

On publication, Inside Egypt was immediately banned by the Mubarak regime – a decision that caused an international media firestorm. Fareed Zakaria chose Inside Egypt as a Book of the Week on his CNN show GPS, saying in a live broadcast from Cairo: “If you want to understand how Egypt reached this crossroads, read this book.” The leading pan-Arab newspapaer Asharq Al-Awsat subsequently noted: “Western journalists mocked Bradley when he predicted a revolution in Egypt… But after the uprising he was transformed into a star overnight, because of his book’s accurate prediction; and he is hunted by the print media, satellite channels and international television stations.”


Bradley on Euronews:
Failure of the Egyptian Revolution

The numerous English-language editions of Bradley’s four books have sold more than 80,000 copies worldwide.



The Arabic edition of Inside Egypt

This is despite the fact that, for legal reasons, his first (and most highly praised) book Saudi Arabia Exposed: Inside a Kingdom in Crisis (2005) was made available exclusively in the United States, where it was a Foreign Affairs best-seller. A decade later it remains in print and continues to sell hundreds of copies each year. However, it is still not being distributed worldwide; and neither is it available as a Kindle edition on amazon.

Both Inside Egypt and Bradley’s latest book After the Arab Spring: How Islamists Hijacked the Middle East Revolts (2012) are best-sellers in Arabic translation, too. They are perhaps the most widely reviewed and discussed books in the region’s Arabic-language media by a Westerner writing on the contemporary Middle East.

The Arabic-language editition of After the Arab Spring

The Arabic edition of After the Arab Spring

In Arabic, both are are available in book form or as free (legal) PDFs here. Another of Bradley’s books, Behind the Veil of Vice: the Business and Culture of Sex in the Middle East (2010) is also available in Turkish.


Please click on the followng links for more information on each of Bradley’s books:


Saudi Arabia Exposed:
Inside a Kingdom in Crisis (Palgrave, 2005)

Inside Egypt: The Land of the Pharaohs
on the Brink of a Revolution
(Palgrave, 2008)

Behind the Veil of Vice: The Business and Culture
of Sex in the Middle East
(Palgrave, 2010)

After the Arab Spring: How Islamists Hijacked the
Middle East Revolts
(Palgrave, 2012)

Bradley on Fox News:
Libyan Nightmare


One of a number of cover features Bradley has written for The Spectator.

One of a number of cover features Bradley has written for The Spectator.

Hundreds of Bradley’s essays, dispatches, reviews and op-eds have appeared in dozens of publications in the United Kingdom, United States and many other countries.

They include:

The Washington Quarterly
The New Republic
The Times Literary Supplement
The Spectator
The London Telegraph
The Daily Star (Lebanon)
The Jewish Forward
The London Evening Standard
The New York Post
The Independent on Sunday
Arab News (Saudi Arabia)
The Jewish Chronicle
The Washington Times
Newsweek International
Asia Times
Prospect Magazine (U.K.)
The Economist
Al-Watan (Saudi Arabia)
The Straits Times (Singapore)
The London Sunday Times

Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany)
Foreign Affairs
The Financial Times
The Daily Mail
The Independent

Bradley has been interviewed about the Middle East extensively by media outlets such as CNN, the BBC, PBS, NPR, CBS, Fox News, Al-Jazeera English, Sky News, Russia Today, Channel 4 News, Bloomberg TV and many others.

He has also lectured on the Middle East at numerous venues, including:

The Pacific Council for International Affairs
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Intelligence Squared
The Athenaeum in Claremont, California