Once Upon A Revolution

Once Upon A Revolution

An Egyptian Story

Book - 2015
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"An award-winning journalist tells the inside story of the 2011 Egyptian revolution by following two courageous and pivotal leaders--and their imperfect decisions that changed the world. In January 2011, in Cairo's Tahrir Square, a group of strangers sparked a revolution. Basem, an apolitical middle-class architect, jeopardized the lives of his family when he seized the chance to improve his country. Moaz, a contrarian Muslim Brother, defied his own organization to join the opposition. These revolutionaries had little more than their idealism with which to battle the secret police, the old oligarchs, and a power-hungry military determined to keep control. Basem was determined to change the system from within and became one of the only revolutionaries to win a seat in parliament. Moaz took a different course, convinced that only street pressure from youth movements could dismantle the old order. Thanassis Cambanis tells the story of the noble dreamers who brought Egypt to the brink of freedom, and the dark powerful forces that--for the time being--stopped them short. But he also tells a universal story of inspirational people willing to transform themselves in order to transform their society...and the world"--From publisher's website.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015
ISBN: 9781451658996
Branch Call Number: History 962.055 CAM


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Apr 03, 2016

Journalist Thanassis Cambanis tries to make sense of the origins and legacy of the 2011 Egyptian revolution, which overthrew a dictator (Mubarak) and led to a brief experiment with democracy. Cambanis looks at the big picture, especially the tensions between religious and political factions, and at individuals who were involved. It reads like a long magazine article and will give those already familiar with the events some insight. I'd also suggest the documentary "The Square."


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