It is perhaps axiomatic that charismatic leadership absorbed in the projection of its charisma, is followed by nuts-and-bolts leadership. Of the latter, President Sadat of Egypt is an instructive example. His six years as Egypt’s Head of State have been a remarkably open account of involvement in national and international affairs, on the one hand because the spotlight has often been for considerable periods on West Asia and on the other because his political, military and economic decisions following the death of Nasser have given a partially new identity to Egypt.
Col. Narayan’s book is, to Indian readers, a useful capsule study in its presentation of both Sadat, the man, and Sadat, the Arab leader. The book’s sub-title ’Man with A Mission’—when amplified incorporates what appears to be a theory of limited mission; that is to say a mission whose primary objectives are immediate.
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