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The Arab Revolution: Ten Lessons from the Democratic Uprising
When Mohammad Bouazizi sets himself on fire on December 17, 2010, he started a series of extraordinary events that spread across the Middle East with stunning rapidity. In less than a month, President Ben Ali fled Tunisia, ending a twenty-three year regime. Shortly thereafter, on 11 February 2011, President Mubarak of Egypt stepped down after nearly thirty years in power. ...more
Hardcover, 195 pages
Published November 23rd 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published July 1st 2011)
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It's a rare combination - a highly factual easy-read. Unlike other books on the issue, "The Arab Revolution" is divided thematically, not chronologically. As a consequence, it does not serve as a good introduction to the Arab Spring. The author provides many briliant insights, but seems to be way too optimistic in defining Arab spring as a "democratic renaissance", esp concerning recent evens in Tunisia.