Recommended reading on Cairo and Egypt
���Cairo City of sand��� Maria Golia 2004
American University in Cairo Press (AUC)
Focuses on the domestic life, housing and nitty gritty of contemporary Cairo including criticism of the sattelite cities, ring road and other prestige projects. Well written and entertaining to read.
���Cairo the victorious��� Max Rodenbeck ( London 1998)
History of Cairo includes many interesting and insightfull anecdotes, follows events up to 1999.
���The Rough Guide to Egypt��� (sixth edition) november 2006
Readable and reliable, good history section. I personally prefer the Rough guidde above the ���Lonely Planet��� on Egypt because it is thorough and a more modest tone.
���Dictionnaire amoreux de l���Egypte��� Robert Sol�� 2001 Plon. Paris
���Mijn Egypte��� (Nederlandse vertaling) Atlas. 2004
Tender observations and memories on Egypt from an Egyptian who has been living in France since he was seventeen.
���The Yacoubian Building��� Alaa Aswany 2002 (English translation 2004 AUC press)
Four entwined stories of people living in a old building on Talaat Harb street,Down Town Cairo. The book provides an insight in the joys and frustrations of contemporary Cairene life.