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Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation

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A definitive, absorbing account of the Egyptian revolution, written by a Cairo-based Egyptian-American reporter for Foreign Policy and The Times (London), who witnessed firsthand Mubarak's demise and the country's efforts to build a democracy

In early 2011, the world's attention was riveted on Cairo, where after three decades of supremacy, Hosni Mubarak was driven from powe
ebook, 336 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by St. Martin's Press
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Justin Mitchell
Sep 24, 2013 Justin Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The man was there, and he tells you what happened and why.
Technology and social media have altered so many activities, including the making and recording of history. Where it used to take some years to generate accounts of modern historical events, each of us can now 'live' historic moments in real time through blogs, Facebook, YouTube and other social media. The recent series of social and civic revolutions across the Middle East and northern African countries are excellent exemplars. Khalil, a journalist who has written for The Times, Foreign Policy ...more
Jan 14, 2015 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liberation Square reads like a collection of newspaper articles about the Egyptian Revolution stitched together into a full narrative. Which it is. The author, Ashraf Khalil, is an Egyptian-American journalist who draws on his experience reporting from Egypt.

Khalil does a good job providing context so foreign audiences can understand the events of January 25, 2011. He is aided by his hyphenated status (Egyptian-American), as in when he compares Mubarak's sudden ascension to the presidency to wha
Subtitled “Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation”, Khalil provides his first-person insights into the 2011 Egyptian Revolution from his home base of Cairo where he serves as a journalist for an English-language paper in the country. Contrary to what was originally reported in the American news media, the revolution was more than a spontaneous uprising.

The problem was not just Hosni Mubarak but the way his reign turned Egypt into, according to Khalil, a country full of cynica
Jun 18, 2012 Matthew rated it it was amazing
If, as is sometimes said, journalism is the first draft of history, then this book is like a revised first draft of history. Most of the material comes from Khalil's personal experience, covering Egypt before, during, and after the revolution. The revision, I feel, does the reader a great favor. My memories of watching TV and checking Twitter during the Egyptian Revolution are spotty at best, but Khalil gives a more organized sense of what was going on.
Jeffrey Franklin Barken
This is a great overview of Mubarak's reign in Egypt, and the police state / apathetic human living conditions that ultimately made revolution necessary in 2011. The book then reports on the momentous daily battles for Tahrir Square in 2011. Despite the obviously uphill battle of achieving democracy in the Arab world, and some of the grotesque violence we've witnessed in more recent months, this book points out where Egyptians have reason to be proud of their struggle and offers a fair treatment ...more
great. I also suggest The Last Pharaoh: Mubarak and the Uncertain Future of Egypt in the Obama Age
Elda Mengisto
I thought this was a solid book, filled with on-the-ground information and good interviews. I especially liked how Khalil had the first few chapters involve context, to show it wasn't totally spontaneous.
Oct 11, 2012 Max rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Broad overview of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. Journalistic accounts are often disappointing, so I wasn't expecting much of this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, the author paints in broad strokes and it's mostly anecdotal, but within that framework, this is one of the better books that I've read. The anecdotes were interesting and exciting, and the description of the revolution, from a journalist's perspective, was quite useful. I enjoyed this and felt like I learned a lot.
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Mar 06, 2012 Fray Close rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Absolutely excellent. It's so readable and engaging, I couldn't put it down. For a huge story with a lot of history and tangents that could have been taken, I feel it hits the right balance between making the story accessible and informative. Love this book.
Nov 30, 2013 Mohamed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good coverage of the Egyptian Revolution from an eyewitness especially his discussion of the reason that lead to the explosion. However some events especially before the fall of Mubarak seem rushed and not fully covered.
Excellent re-telling of the Egyptian Revolution from the ground. Personal accounts of what happened in the 18 days from January 25th till Mubarak step down with background information on the country and the region.
A very well-written first hand account of a journalist's experiences during the Egyptian revolution. Will definitely use this book when I teach social movements in the spring.
Sep 18, 2013 Nationalist rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Good book, hard to put down. The only thing is that I had a hard time visualizing the scene taking place. Not very discriptive and does much oopen the imagination.
Feb 11, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A journalist's account of the 2011 Egyptian revolution.
Jul 14, 2012 Beverly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent description of the revolution.
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