by Anne Alexander
One of the young officers who overthrew King Farouq in 1952, Nasser was 36 years old when he became the undisputed leader of Egypt. In 1956 he nationalised the Suez Canal, braving the anger of Britain, France and war with Israel.
Anne Alexander is a journalist and expert researcher specialising in the Arab World. She writes for Middle East International and has worked for the BBC World Service.
Publication Date: 1 February 2005