Egyptian journalist Ashraf Khalil confounds expectations with an insightful account that feels rich…. It is difficult to imagine a better guide to the Egyptian portion of the so-called Arab Spring than Khalil's book Liberation Square…. [Khalil] offers plenty of wisdom, along with action-packed reportage, along the way. (Christian Science Monitor)
Compelling, nuanced, and engaging. . . . Blends astute observations with reportage of the demonstrations as they unfolded. . . . Khalil's account is essential reading, evoking the urgency and vitality of the Arab spring's Egyptian chapter. (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
Khalil's illuminating reporting situates the revolt in the stultifying decades that preceded it…He does an admirable job pulling together the threads of the early dissident and activist efforts rooted in the late 1990s. (The Daily Beast)
A personal account that will be appreciated by those looking to move beyond the day's headlines, from one who wrote some of the stories published under those headlines. (Kirkus Reviews)
About the Author
ASHRAF KHALIL has covered the Middle East for the The Times (London), The Economist, Foreign Policy, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Middle East edition of Rolling Stone. He worked as a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times in the Baghdad and Jerusalem bureaus and has been based in Cairo for most of the last fifteen years.