Book banning watch

Apparently the Egyptian authorities have banned a recently published book entitled "Inside Egypt: the Land of the Pharaos on the Brinkof a Revolution." I don't know anything about the book. But when is the government going to realize that (as this very post attests) there is nothing they can do to give a book better publicity and a higher circulation than ban it?

Ursula Lindsey

Ursula Lindsey is the managing editor of the Arabist blog. She writes about culture, education and politics in the Arab world. She lived in Cairo from 2002 to 2013 and got her start at the ground-breaking independent magazine Cairo Times. She was the culture editor of Cairo magazine in 2005-2006 and served as special projects editor at the independent news site Mada Masr in 2013-2014. She is the Chronicle of Higher Education's Middle East correspondent. She contributes to the BBC-PRI radio program The World, and has written for Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker online, Bookforum and the blog of the London Review of Books.