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Nasser's Gamble: How Intervention in Yemen Caused the Six-Day War and the Decline of Egyptian Power

Jesse Ferris


This book draws on declassified documents from six countries and original material in Arabic, German, Hebrew, and Russian to present a new understanding of Egypt's disastrous five-year intervention in Yemen, which Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser later referred to as “my Vietnam.” The book argues that Nasser's attempt to export the Egyptian revolution to Yemen played a decisive role in destabilizing Egypt's relations with the Cold War powers, tarnishing its image in the Arab world, ruining its economy, and driving its rulers to instigate the fatal series of missteps that led to war with I ... More

Keywords: Gamal Abdel Nasser, Egypt, Egyptian revolution, Yemen, Arab world, Six Day War, Cold War conflict, Arab nationalism, Arab Spring

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691155142
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691155142.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jesse Ferris, author
Israel Democracy Institute