January's Cover to Cover will feature Thomas W. Lippman on his new book Hero of the Crossing: How Anwar Sadat and the 1973 War Changed the World. Join us on Monday, January 11, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.
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Thomas W. Lippman was a featured speaker at WACA's 2015 National Conference. An adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute, he specializes in Saudi Arabian affairs, U.S.-Saudi relations, and relations between the West and Islam. Lippman was stationed in the Middle East as a journalist during Sadat's presidency and lived in Egypt in the aftermath of the October War. He's the author of several previous books on the Middle East. (bio)
In 11 dramatic years, Anwar Sadat changed history--not just that of Egypt, or of the Middle East, but of the entire world. As the architect of the 1973 war against Israel, he gained the support of other Arab nations and inspired the oil embargo. Following the war, however, he forever ended Arab aspirations of unity by making peace with Israel. Sadat gave the West a crucial Cold War victory by jettisoning Egypt's alliance with the Soviet Union. His historic tenure resonates in the 21st century as the Islamic activists--whom he encouraged but who later opposed his turn toward Israel and ultimately played a role in his assassination--continue to foster activism, including the Muslim Brotherhood, today.
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