I just finished an amazing book about Cairo - from the VERY beginning until the time when the author completed the book Protected content . The text really captures the cycles of life this city has seen and one can really understand why we are in the current state as we see it here in Egypt and Cairo.
I recommend this for anyone who's embraced this city and for those who will be soon coming to visit or live - it paints the complex picture that is Cairo based on it's beautiful and sordid history and cast of characters.
"Cairo: The City Victorious" by Max Rodenbeck - published by AUC press. I found it by chance in Volume One Bookstore in Degla Maadi - so it's out there!