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The People Want the Fall of the Regime : The Arab Uprisings

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  69 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Jeremy Bowen has been the BBC's Middle East correspondent for twelve years and has been on the ground for them as the recent revolutions have swept through the region. Realising this as a game-changing moment in the history of the Middle East, The Arab Uprisings captures the thoughts and feelings of the people involved as the events unfolded, putting these revolutions in ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2012)
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Tammam Aloudat
Nov 27, 2013 Tammam Aloudat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty good eye witness view. Bowen doesn't claim to cover the whole of the story but the part he has lived and seen. Which puts a reader in a little dilemma, on the one hand, there is not enough background for a reader who is a complete novice on the Middle East, on the other hand, if you know the region and the past few years well you would know most of what is in the book. However, there is a great value to seeing through the eyes of a journalist and to reading such an elegant and ...more
Feb 28, 2014 Victoria rated it liked it
As is always the risk when you are writing before the dust settles, this book has been overtaken by events even with the addition of an epilogue. For instance, the book concludes before the deposition of Morsi in Egypt. Bowen focuses on the hotspots of Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Syria; all of which each could have several books written about them. This makes for a slightly unsatisfying lack of depth and I did not feel like I had gleaned any additional insight beyond what I already had from media ...more
Apr 14, 2016 Alan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
The BBC’s Jeremy Bowen is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced reporters in the Middle East, so ‘The Arab Uprisings’ won’t disappoint if you’re after a good feet-on-the-ground report of the subject. If, however, you’re looking for a deeper analysis, which explores the complicated build up to the so-called “Arab Spring”, and the complex web embroiling the current global political situation that it’s left in its work, Bowen only touches on these issues here. This is a brilliantly written ...more
Feb 28, 2014 Keval rated it really liked it
This is Bowen's version of what has come to be known as the Arab Spring. The book does not claim to be a comprehensive account of the events that took place, but I feel it does put a lot of what's happening into perspective by digging into history and the Middle East's socio-political landscape in the past decade or so. I liked the fact that so much of what's written here is based on interviews he conducted with different people -- from the ex-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to people on the ...more
Daragh Quinn
Jan 12, 2014 Daragh Quinn rated it really liked it
This is an indispensable, blow-by-blow account of the Arab uprisings, set out chronologically and dealing with each country and the particular form each rebellion took, interspersed with relevant history and insightful commentary. Bowen's careful persistence in talking to individuals, civilians and rulers, islamists and republicans, serves as a poignant reminder throughout that the 'Arab World', Western media shorthand for a collection of countries spreading from near Europe, to North Africa and ...more
Keith Johnstone
Feb 28, 2014 Keith Johnstone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-east
An excellent book providing some extremely interesting eyewitness accounts of the arab uprisings. While it is not in-depth on arab history leading to the current crises (Eugene Rogan book who Bowen mentions is) it doesn't need to be because it's focus is in the presence or recent past. Very well written and real.
Jan 26, 2014 عبدالله rated it really liked it
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Eduardo Trocha
Sep 08, 2013 Eduardo Trocha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent and engaging review of the four most important uprisings in the region. Told through the eyes of the on the ground reporter who is able to personalise the stories and impressions a bit more.

Important observations around what could come next and challenges ahead.
May 18, 2016 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just superb. A real insight into real news behind the sound bites on tv. Very thought provoking too.
Freddy Rogers
Nov 07, 2014 Freddy Rogers rated it really liked it
A detailed analysis of the political fault-lines within Middle East during the 'Arab Spring'. Great read from a first hand witness.
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