5 good books about Egypt

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2. Cairo: The City Victorious, by Max Rodenbeck

"Cairo: The City Victorious," by Max Rodenbeck

Rodenbeck, both a Cairo resident and a Middle East reporter for the Economist, offers an intimate portrait of his city in a book that The Los Angeles Times called "a rich pudding ... filled with morsels of ancient history and modern vignettes, medieval lore and contemporary gossip." This is a book that manages to be travelogue, history, tour guide, and compelling read, all rolled into one.

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