"That next step has not been taken as you might expect in terms of bringing democracy to the Arab world," he says.
All these books were about the contemporary Arab world as well.
But why should we have thought the Arab world might introduce democracy?
It could also serve as a model for the entire Arab world.
"Otherwise, we will have the whole Arab world against us."
Egypt led the Arab world in the 20th century because it was big.
We have visited the Arab world repeatedly over recent weeks.
Indeed, the entire Arab world has recognized the importance of moving forward.
We should all be celebrating at the prospect of a democratic Arab world.
But it will be a plague on the future of the whole Arab world.