Reviews of the Book


♦  The sense one gets from this most interesting book is that the change Nasser wrought in the Egyptian economy was more out of expediency than out of ideological commitment. According to Hosseinzadeh, those who argue that Nasser’s development path was noncapitalist or socialist are wrong; he presents their arguments and refutes them. Indeed Egypt’s path, he argues, was closer to state capitalism than to any other path. . . . Highly recommended for faculty, advanced undergraduates, and graduate students.

— Choice magazine

♦  A thoughtful, readable, innovative and carefully documented piece of economic history. There is no doubt that it is a contribution to our understanding not only of the Soviet theory of Third World development but also of Third World nationalist leaders’ policies of economic development and political independence.

— Robert L. Heilbroner, Norman Thomas Professor of Economics