3. Inside Egypt (2008; 2012)

  • “The Obama administration should take full advantage of the Mubarak regime’s current vulnerability… to push for an opening up of Egypt’s political process and clear the way for the country to address the underlying causes of instability. But Washington must act quickly, before it becomes too late to do anything but watch from the sidelines as Cairo burns.” –The final sentences of the Afterword to the first paperback edition of Inside Egypt, published just three months before the Tahrir uprising….
  • First published in 2008 with the subtitle The Land of the Pharaohs on the Brink of a Revolution; updated 2012 edition has the subtitle The Road to Revolution in the Land of the Pharaohs and a new Introduction.
  • جون آر برادلي : Al-Masry Al-Youm, EGYPT’S LEADING INDEPENDENT DAILY ARABIC-LANGUAGE NEWSPAPER, SPLASHED AN INTERVIEW WITH JOHN R. BRADLEY ON ITS FRONT COVER IN July 2007, IN WHICH HE PREDICTED AN IMMINENT UPRISING IN EGYPT AND WARNED OF THE CATASTROPHIC CONSEQUENCES, INCLUDING A MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD TAKEOVER. READ THE INTERVIEW here. A FOLLOW-UP (heavily censored) INTERVIEW IN Jan 2013 BY THE SAME NEWSPAPER CAN BE READ here.
  • (This) book… in a strikingly prescient way… foretold the January revolution. (It) was banned by Mubarak’s regime — and understandably so! If you want to understand how Egypt got to this crossroads, read this book.—FAREED ZAKARIA, Book of the Week (CNN)
  • John R. Bradley is a writer looking for the truth in Arab countries ruled by dictators. His 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 international bestselling novels The Yacoubian Building and Chicago
  • Essential reading for anyone interested in modern Egypt and the looming dramas of the Arab world.—United Press International
  • Inside Egypt caused an uproar in Cairo!–Al-Masry Al-Youm, Egypt’s leading independent newspaper

  • Bradley says Western journalists mocked him when he predicted a revolution in Egypt. In his famous book Inside Egypt (2008), he predicted the outbreak of a popular revolt against the Mubarak regime (which banned the book). [After the uprising] Bradley 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.”—Asharq Al-Awsat, the leading pan-Arab daily newspaper

  • Inside Egypt is an informed and immensely readable addition to this literature.—Michael Burleigh, Literary Review

  • Insightful and eye-opening…a must read for anyone interested in Egyptian politics.—The Daily News (Egypt)

  • Among the Egyptian small English-speaking minority, those who finally managed to find  [Inside Egypt] dubbed Bradley “John Bravery” because he  put in writing what they have been saying in restricted company about the disintegration of the country…. One of Bradley’s longest chapters, on torture, is particularly well documented, while religious strife, and the disastrous state of health and education, among other afflictions, are carefully exposed in all their sad reality.—Al-Ahram Weekly (EGYPT)

  • This dark and sober look at contemporary Egypt… offers a compelling explanation for the anger now being seen on the streets of Cairo.The Christian Science Monitor

  • In this highly readable and thoughtful volume, Bradley provides a devastating critique of Egypt’s current dictatorial government. His fluency in Egyptian Arabic allows him to see Egypt and its myriad social problems through the eyes of ordinary people who are the real victims of the pervasive corruption, torture, and other degradation of life in that country. This book is aimed at the general reader, but scholars would also benefit from the author’s keen insight.—Library Journal

  • John R. Bradley says that Egyptians love their country but hate the [Mubarak] regime. So does he — and, after reading this scathing, heartbreaking, beautifully written report from the front lines, so will you.—GIDEON ROSE, editor of Foreign Affairs

  • Bradley’s book suggests Egypt’s rupture had clear omens… and was promptly banned by the Mubarak government.—The New Yorker

  • Inside Egypt is an original, brilliant, angry, subtle and highly readable expose of contemporary Egyptian politics and society.—PETER BERGEN, author of The Longest War

  • A comprehensive account of an Egypt crippled by corruption, autocracy, and poverty.–The London Telegraph

  • To the general reader, Inside Egypt is a good introduction to some of the problems rife in the most populous, Arabic-speaking country. From regime corruption and oppression, to widespread poverty and discontent, to human rights abuses and the plight of Egypt’s minorities, most of the important issues are here. Bradley, formerly a Middle-East-based foreign correspondent, also provides useful insights, such as how the… regime exploits the West’s fear of the Muslim Brotherhood to its advantage.—The Middle East Quarterly

  • Bradley trains a sharp reportorial eye on the nearly failed nation-state in the cross hairs of world conflict…. Unlikely to win the author any friends among the Egyptian political elite, but terrifically well told and extremely sobering.”—Kirkus Reviews

  • What distinguishes [Bradley] from many other Western commentators is that he has gone native in the Arab world, living among Arab people and immersing himself in Arab culture. What also makes him stand out is the way he writes with a manifest determination to make a difference. [Inside Egypt] is compelling and depicts a hopelessly dysfunctional country where poverty, torture, and corruption are ubiquitous.—The New Statesman

  • An interesting and eye-opening look into the minds of the average Egyptian.”—The Oklahoman

  • Bradley should be commended for his clear criticism of the corrupt Egyptian civilian and military elite.—Al-Quds Al-Arabi

  • Through conversations with prominent and ordinary Egyptians, John R. Bradley describes the developing crisis in this key US ally. He shows the disastrous effects of successive US governments propping up the [former] repressive dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak.—The Socialist Review
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