The Root Recommends: 'Egypt on the Brink'

 Egyptian author foreshadows Egypt's revolution.

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To some it may seem as though the uprising in Egypt happened without much warning. But not for Egyptian-born scholar and author Tarek Osman, whose predictive book, Egypt on the Brink, reads like a subtle "I told you so."

Egypt on the Brink unpacks the political, social and religious tensions that led to the eventual ousting of President Mubarak. Through an examination of bitter Muslim-Christian relations and the growing hostility between the educated elite and struggling lower class, Osman offers readers a primer on the conditions in modern Egypt that led to its remarkable revolution.