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Generation Freedom: The Middle East Uprisings and the Remaking of the Modern World

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"Feiler’s combination of journalism, commentary and self-discoverytells the reader volumes about humankind.” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution onAbraham BruceFeiler, the bestselling author of Walking theBible and Abraham,examines the biblical and historical underpinnings of the Muslim world'spresent-day uprisings. As conflicts rock the Middle East, Feilerreturns to the region ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Jul 03, 2012 Christy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I feel bad giving this book a bad review because the author clearly has his heart in the right place, but nonetheless, I will. The thesis is poorly argued, the metaphors are overly simplistic, and I learned absolutely nothing about the Arab Spring that I didn't already know.
Racha Gh
Jul 18, 2013 Racha Gh rated it did not like it
Very naive and assumptive.
Dec 26, 2011 Ari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
I thought this was a close-to-perfect book for someone like me who wanted a brief history and analysis of what was occurring in Egypt during the early days of the Arab spring. Now more books are coming out with even more in-depth knowledge and analysis I look forward to reading those as well (such as The Struggle for Egypt by Steven Cook). I thought initially I would be bothered by the author's constant reference to the Bible but he doesn't prostelyze and how can one talk about the Middle East/E ...more
Dec 01, 2011 Mason rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps it’s silly to expect some sort of definitive account of the Arab Spring when, for all practical purposes, it’s a revolution still in the making. Still, I expected better than this shoddy, opportunistic lightweight of a non-fiction novel. The actual nature of this revolution is only addressed in the last chapter—what precedes it is a milquetoast mess of an attempt to bend the events of the revolution to the author’s own purposes. Feiler’s interested almost exclusively in the religious asp ...more
Hebah Khan
Jul 08, 2011 Hebah Khan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My dad mailed me this book via Amazon after seeing a review on Fareed Zakaria GPS (CNN). I'm pretty sure that's his favorite show.

Feiler did a good job. I think reading it so close to its release date makes it super cool since Feiler is referencing interviews and current events that are very clear in my mind and that I remember watching as they were happening. He gives a unique perspective to the events surrounding Islam and the Arab world over the last 10 years. It is a wonderful perspective o
Sep 05, 2011 Natasha rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It provides a fresh narrative of the Middle East uprising, more in line with how the people on the ground in Egypt perceived it. Feiler leaves the ball in the court of the West, in particular the younger generation emerging here - which is my generation. I appreciated this fact because it is true, we have been let down by our own leaders, our parents generations, and our current leadership who stand on the assumption that we are too different to change the status quo ...more
Kandice Newren
I read this book for a work book club, and I found it lacking. I was thinking it would be about the Arab Spring, and it kind of was. This book was written from the religious perspective, and it's a short book (about 150 pages). The author kind of glosses over what happens, and instead focuses on Moses and Abraham among three religions. There are five chapters, and the last one is the one that focuses most specifically the actual events of the revolutions. That's another thing, it's supposed to b ...more
Sammy Tiranno
Oct 14, 2014 Sammy Tiranno rated it liked it
A decent, quick-hit read that argues a reason to be optimistic about Western/Middle Eastern relations in the wake of the Arab Spring. This book focuses primarily on Egypt and the events that occurred at Tahrir Square. It promotes the connections between the three Abrahamic religions and their similar yearnings for freedom; exemplified for all by the story of Moses and Pharaoh. It doesn't delve into specifics of any uprisings outside of Egypt, but broad coverage should not be expected in only 150 ...more
Jan 04, 2012 Greg rated it really liked it
Having read all of Feiler's books since Walking the Bible, I have to say I felt this was a great culmination of this era of his writing. It tied everything from all of these books nicely into a current event. It was an example of the relevance of the work Feiler's has been doing, much as Abraham was but Ina more comprehensive way. I wanted to learn a little re than I did about the movement itself but I did very much appreciate the personal accounts from people on the ground. I look forward to go ...more
May 20, 2015 Leah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5-3 Stars: Overall, the author has valid and interesting points and is able to somewhat root the understandings through a historical paradigm. Unfortunately, the writing style was not something I found pleasant as it was choppy and jumped around a bit too much. I wish he had spent more time giving an analysis of "Generation Freedom" individuals and groups versus the large amount of time on Abraham (especially when he has a book solely centered on Abraham.
Aug 27, 2011 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book surprised me with opening the idea that the Arab Spring is a religious battle. Not being a religious person myself I hadn't considered it that way until I read this book. To me it was always a political battle. Feiler makes a good argument as to the religious tone of the revolutions and how they will change the world.
Ivan Benedict
This is an analysis of activity in Egypt
during and after the Arab Spring. It involves
personal interviews with young people
involved, which can be interesting. But by
now the material is dated because of what
has happened since the time of writing.
Lee Robbins
Mar 30, 2013 Lee Robbins rated it really liked it
The demand for an increase in communication with/and understanding of "Generation Freedom" is worth the purchase of this book. A new generation is rising in the Middle East, one that Americans may have more in common with than we think.
Aug 22, 2011 Greg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Want real perspective about what's going on with the so-called "Arab Spring"? Read this book. Now.
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A brief and approachable look at the Arab Spring, specifically in Egypt.
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BRUCE FEILER is one of America’s most popular voices on family, faith, and survival. He writes the “This Life” column about contemporary families for the Sunday New York Times and is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including WALKING THE BIBLE and THE COUNCIL OF DADS. He is the writer/presenter of the PBS series “Walking the Bible” and the forthcoming “Sacred Journeys with ...more
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