A King Betrayed: The Ill-fated Reign of Farouk of Egypt - Adel SabitLondon: Quartet Books, 1989, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Dust wrapper has a strong faded line the length of the join of the upper panel, otherwise pleasant. Text complete, clean and tight.
Signed by the author on the first blank — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;
From the cover: “Tarouk is quite possibly the most maligned and misunderstood monarch of the mid twentieth century, writes Adel Sabit. As a cousin to the King, government official and diplomat, the author was unusually well placed to observe at first hand the course of a reign that began in high hopes with the accession of the personable teenaged monarch in 1939 and ended in disillusion and exile in 1952.
The subsequent view of Farouk has tended to owe more to propaganda and the art of the caricaturists than it has to established fact. Adel Sabit is concerned to redress the balance, to show that Farouk, while he had his weaknesses and blind spots, also ruled with considerable pragmatic skill and held incorruptibly firm to principles relating to his perception of his own country’s best interests and those of the Middle East in general. The seeds of the fall of the monarchy, the author suggests, were more closely concerned with the fragmentation of Egyptian nationalist politics and the intrigues of rival cliques.
Adel Sabit casts a shrewd, ironic eye on the events of the period, while his recollections of the heyday of the Egyptian court and its grand social occasions, dominated by the elegant figure of the queen mother, Queen Nazly, are presented in vivid vignettes. The result is an entertaining personal view of a past era that is also sharp in its analysis of events culminating in the disastrous 1948 war with Israel.”