To the end, the Egyptian strongman failed to understand how his country had changed, even as a devastating personal drama unfolded within his family.
Christopher Dickey, a veteran foreign correspondent, is The Daily Beast’s World News Editor. He is the author of seven books, including Securing the City and, most recently, Our Man in Charleston: Britain’s Secret Agent in the Civil War South.
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