“A thrilling account of Egypt’s revolution. . . . What’s remarkable about Liberation Square is how good it is, how well written, how perfectly calibrated in its amounts of background, commentary and prognostication—and above all how thrilling it is to read.” —Salon
“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
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.
Likewise, I very much appreciated the style of the book.
It is an open question how much the country will really change and whether or not things will actually get better for the majority of people.
The writing style is easy-going and personal, while maintaining objective accounts of the events of the revolution.
Good and fair (as fair as possible) history of the 2011 Revolution. It would be interesting if Khalil wrote a "Part 2" now that the revolution has been defeated.Published 4 months ago by Kaleel Karim
Ashraf Khalil turns in a powerful work of journalism in this book. He provides background on Egypt's political scene and the Mubarak regime in particular and gives examples of... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Neodoering
As the author himself states, Hosni Mubarak could not be considered the worst dictator of an Arab state. Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by Kevin M Quigg
I recommend this book to people who are living outside of egypt. Personally being Egyptian but emigrated when I was young. I really love this book.Published on February 13, 2013 by Kawkaw
When Ashraf Khalil's Liberation Square was published, I had just moved to Cairo, and - as I came to understand - a very different Cairo than the one before the revolution. Read morePublished on August 23, 2012 by Caroline C
So many "experts" have written on the revolution from their comfortable seats in the US and Europe, but Ashraf Khalil has lived through and written on all the major conflicts in... Read morePublished on August 18, 2012 by Abu Dhabi Reader
This is an excellent overview of the events of Tahrir Square. The author succeeds in giving a sense of the reasons for the revolution, the events preceding it that helped make it... Read morePublished on August 7, 2012 by Will Jerom
This book was shipped out and delivered in a matter of days after I ordered it. The quality was great, the price was great. Everything went as smooth as I could have hoped for. Read morePublished on June 28, 2012 by Bronx
I found a lot of inaccurate accounts of what happened in Tahrir in this book. Mr. Khalil either was not there or just wrote from what he heard. Read morePublished on May 7, 2012 by James Buckley