Egypt’s best known journalist presents an indictment of Sadat’s domestic and international policies, finding his role of superstar of the media purchased at the. Mohamed Hassanein Heikal, the renowned Egyptian journalist, writes on the first page of Autumn of Fury that he was “very fond of Sadat as a man.” The reader. Autumn of Fury: The Assassination of Sadat During the few moments that passed between the murder of Sadat and the seizure of his.

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Autumn of Fury: The Assassination of Sadat :: Reviewed by Daniel Pipes

I do not wish to mention the events. Parts of Autumn of Fury may be true, to be sure, but how can the reader tell which ones?

How can one believe his narrative on less-known matters? Heikal also fails in the matter of accuracy. Reviewed by Daniel Pipes Commentary November http: Once a year he personally supervised “a bonfire in which all papers he thought would be better forgotten were destroyed”—papers dealing with the disbursement of secret funds and transcriptions of telephone conversations.

A mint tea would be followed by dinner, He usually woke up late, between 9: The emphasis on Egyptian nationalism led to the loss of Arab support, both economic assassinztion political. Rather than guess mistakenly, he would do better to ignore Mohamed Heikal’s angry testimony and await a more solid account.


Opinions auumn in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Some errors are tangential to the argument: I just want to say that they contain untrue stories, far from the truth.

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Email me if someone replies to my comment. But criticism of Sadat’s international policy is less damning than charges relating to domestic affairs. A polemic written with the single-minded assassination of destroying a man’s reputation cannot be relied upon as biography.

But the real purpose is quite different; to revive the memory of Sadat’s predecessor, Gamal Abdul Nasser.


Not even the Swiss can do that. Reviewed by Daniel Pipes Commentary November All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: For Heikal’s charges to stick, he must be above suspicion and his reliability must be established. Original writing only, please. On the other hand, he seriously considers the notion that the CIA arranged for Sadat’s assassination, deciding against this explanation only because “Sadat’s regime was still able to serve American interests in the Middle East.

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Along similar lines, Heikal argues that “the forces which conspired against Sadat were just as much a part of the mainstream in Egyptian society as were the forces which overthrew the Shah from the mainstream in Iran.

Those much closer to Sadat than he have categorically denounced this book as assassonation.

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Understandably if regrettably, his story can be read as character assassination: Is he candid about his objectives or does he have hidden motives?

In his effort to condemn everything associated with Sadat, Heikal ends up justifying any force that opposed him, even his killers. Finally, on matters of interpretation, Heikal displays an extreme political viewpoint. Most of what Heikal writes in Autumn of Fury is new and much of it is damning.

Heikal, the last Nasserist, is dead at The credibility of Autumn of Fury depends entirely on the veracity of the author. Heikal condemns every one of Sadat’s major policies, including the expulsion of the Russian advisers ineconomic liberalization inand peace with Israel in