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

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Timely and provocative, Generation Freedom looks at the historic youth uprisings sweeping the Middle East and what they mean for the future of peace, coexistence, and relations with the West.

At a time when the world is asking how the Arab Spring and the death of Osama bin Laden will reshape our times, Bruce Feiler, bestselling author of Walking the Bible and Abraham, offer...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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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
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
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...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
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
Peter Owens
A brief and approachable look at the Arab Spring, specifically in Egypt.
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
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.
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.
Lee Robbins
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.
Karlo Mikhail
good impressionistic account of the Egyptian uprising, but fails utterly by trying to explain it purely from the vantage point of religious hoopla
Want real perspective about what's going on with the so-called "Arab Spring"? Read this book. Now.
Rizky Akita
Looking for a fresh perspective on Arab Spring? Grab this book now!
Racha Gh
Very naive and assumptive.
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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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