5 good books about Egypt

As unrest continues to swell in Egypt, books about the country are suddenly turning into hot reads. Not too surprisingly, the release date of "The Age of Deception: Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times" by Mohamed ElBaradei, Nobel laureate and protest leader, has been moved up to April 26. While waiting for "The Age of Deception," here are five other recommended books about Egypt.

1. Inside Egypt: The Land of the Pharaohs, by John Bradley

"Inside Egypt: The Land of the Pharaohs," by John Bradley (Palgrave Macmillan, 256 pp.)

This dark and sober look at contemporary Egypt focuses on the autocratic and corrupt nature of the country's current power mechanisms. While this is not a book to turn to for any optimistic assessment of Egypt's future – Bradley sees an Iranian-style theocracy as a likely outcome for Egypt – "Inside Egypt" does offer a compelling explanation for the anger now being seen on the streets of Cairo.

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