Anwar Sadat: 1918-1981
His life was a skein of contradictions.
Long a bitter foe of the Jewish state, he became Israel's only declared friend in a hostile region. A self-styled defender of the Palestinians, he was cursed as a traitor by the leaders of their cause. He preached the unity of Arab nations, but his policies shattered such fragile fraternity as existed, and isolated his country.
A onetime revolutionary firebrand and career military man, he died in a hail of bullets—yet history will remember Anwar Sadat, above all, as a...