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This essay demonstrated how a skilled, resourceful writer such as Vidal can make lemonade when all he has to work with is lemons. In this instance, Vidal was sent to Egypt to interview President Gamal Abdul Nasser for Esquire magazine. Although the interview never materializes because of ever-shifting political and bureaucratic currents, Vidal captures a vivid portrait of life in Egypt at a time when the Soviet Union supplied manpower and technical expertise to help build the massive Aswan Dam.

Vidal repeatedly and obliquely asks several Egyptians how many Russians are in their country, but is always answered with the question: "What you say?" He tries to take a stroll through the neighborhood near his hotel but is driven back by the shouts of off-duty policemen from their homes, telling him he could be arrested. Vidal is...

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