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The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  6 reviews
After the 9/11 Commission concluded in 2004 that the U.S. was engaged in a war with terrorists and never realized it, they reasoned that “a failure of imagination” had prevented us from seeing terrorism coming. In effect, Americans were simply unable, or in fact disabled, to fathom that there were people who hated and opposed our democracy with such fer ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by Pocket Books (first published November 22nd 2010)
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Patrick
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Diane
This could have been a very good book describing liberals and democracy promoters in the Middle East region. Unfortunately, the author spends most of the book weaving conspiracy theories about why the Middle Eastern liberals are never successful in politics. He seems to blame the U.S. and western countries both for not intervening and for intervening too much in the affairs of the region. But, it seems that no matter what approach is taken, the revolutionaries that the author supports never seem ...more
Marc
A few points from this book: it was published in 2010, before any inkling of what would happen in the Arab world was in the minds of analysts, academics and political figures; it is a simplistic (sometimes overly simplistic) account of various countries in the region that provides basic information that is useful, but I wish Phares would have delved deeper into some of his arguments - the afterword is probably the best part but could have used a lot more details to flesh out the main ideas; Phar ...more
Ido
This book was pretty good. The only detractor is the habit of Dr. Phares of noting so many times in the book "I told you so!" or "I predicted this would happen". He doesn't say it quite that explicitly but he does imply it a lot.
Mazigh Buzaxxar
The coming revolution means the coming waves of changes on the region both Tamazgha (North Africa) & Middle East.
Alex Parker
He predicts the Arab Spring and publishes this book in early 2010, but of course, no one saw this coming, except for everyone in academia.
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