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The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East Hardcover – March 27, 2012
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A Foreign Policy "Book to Read in 2012"Robin Wright, author of Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic World"A wonderfully thoughtful book that captures a truly historic juncture in the Arab world. By chronicling the first volatile year of the Arab uprisings, Lynch has provided the essential guide to understanding what happens next - both for the participants living through it and for the anxious outside world surprised by the passions unleashed."
Colin Kahl, Associate Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East"The extraordinary events associated with the Arab Spring have produced a chaotic mix of transitioning democracies, reactionary autocracies, and civil strife. But, as Marc Lynch explains in his brilliant new book, The Arab Uprising, regardless of the fate of individual rulers or the course of particular movements, the nature of politics in the Arab world has been forever transformed. A new generation has leveraged 21st-century technologies and tapped into a sense of interconnectedness and common identity to obliterate the old order. Nobody is better suited to navigate the reader through these turbulent waters than Lynch, one of the world's top Middle East scholars and a pioneer in the study of new media and social activism in the Arab world. Lynch has produced the most comprehensive and balanced account yet written of the origins and implications of the changes currently sweeping this vital region. The Arab Uprising promises to remain essential reading on the subject for years to come." Anne-Marie SlaughterIf you read only one book about the uprisings sweeping the Arab world, it should be this one. Marc Lynch coined the term the Arab public sphere” a decade before anyone in the West knew it existed and has been an active observer of and participant in it ever since. He chronicles decades of Arab protests, pan-Arabism, and Arab government repression to provide vital context for present events and draws on his deep country-by-country expertise to map future challenges for American foreign policy across the Arab world.” Kirkus"[Lynch] who has been following recent events closely...reexamines important precedents in mass uprisings that took place in convulsive waves during the Arab Cold War of the 1950s, and were brutally suppressed....[he] also examines the key role initially played by the Al-Jazeera network in coverage of the Tunisia uprising, keenly watched by the Egyptians in convincing them their own efforts could be successful....A timely survey of complex historical and current events."
A nuanced, insightful analysis of the Arab insurrections, with ample historical context . In this thought-provoking book, Lynch earns his right to implore U.S. citizens to trust Middle Eastern countries to reshape their political space.”
Lynch, a political scientist and advisor to the Obama administration, analyzes the recent and ongoing political changes taking place in the Middle East and ventures some predictions about what may come .Timely, informative, and recommended for current events and regional history collections.”
Of all the books on the extraordinary events of the past 15 months, this is one of the most illuminating and, for policymakers, the most challenging.”
informed and engaging”
The Arab Uprising is a joy to read. It should appeal to a non-specialist audience looking for a nuanced and short but engaging narrative of the ongoing Arab revolts without descending into obscure academic jargon. This is definitely not a book written for those seeking a serious analysis of individual uprisings, or theoretical academic accounts on the underlying causes of revolutions. It will be several years before such sophisticated monographs will emerge. For scope and depth, as well as the empathy he imbues in the book, Lynch remains within the unusual bracket of scholars who possess a genuine concern, not only for his own state’s national interest, but also for those who have been sacrificed for it."
Middle East JournalThe Arab Uprising is a superb book. If you are able to read only one account of the Arab spring, this should be it.”
The NationIt is this shortage of well-informed writing based on a grasp of the recent history of the Arab world that gives such great value to The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East, by Marc Lynch, an associate professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University and a frequent contributor to Foreign Policy. Published earlier this year, The Arab Uprising is much the best book on the origins and course of the protests and uprisings up to the end of 2011. It is a measure of Lynch’s perception and knowledge that nothing important has happened in Syria, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya and Tunisia since he finished his book that could show his judgment of developments in these countries to be at fault."
AMERICA MagazineMarc Lynch, a professor of political science at George Washington University, has written one of the best books to date on the popular revolts that have swept the Arab world over the past two years. The Arab Uprising is a very readable overview of these remarkable events, suitable both for those with background in Middle Eastern politics as well as those less familiar with the region.
CHOICELynch offers an incisive policy analysis, based partly on his access to the Obama administration. A well-known blogger and author of the well-regarded Voices of the New Arab Public Lynch is an excellent guide to the most important development in the 21st-century Middle East: the Arab Spring of 2011.”
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Since this book, things have changed in Egypt. A military leader has been elected president. The people did not want disorder and apparently they did not want an Islamic government that would impose strict religiosity on them. (That does not mean that they want western style liberalism). The author praises President Obama for how he dealt with Egypt, yet now many there hate him for supporting an Islamist government.
The author is very unfair to President Bush and implies he should have done something to make things good in Iraq. Like what?Read more ›
I do feel though that this was a book published too quickly. It would have benefited from the author permitting more time for the events to play out and for his own thoughts to form. Too often, the book is descriptive and repetitive.
There's a need for informed about analysis of the events of the Arab Spring and The Arab Uprising serves the purpose for now. However as further volumes come out benefiting from waiting for events to settle down and for their authors to more fully develop their work, I think the importance of this book will quickly decline. Until then, it's a valuable work and an ideal primer for those wishing to make sense of a fundamental shift in the Middle East
Not really impartial, but his point of view is clear and reliable.
Blind spot: Israel and the Palestinan negotiations.
All Americans must know more about the Middle East and what Arabs think and do.
There is nothing to support his premise that it's self evident that the Arabs want democracy. The US has backed away from the concept after seeing results of voting in Iran, Palestine, Egypt and Iraq, with free elections becoming a license for the majority to murder the minority.
Starting with the self immolation of a street vendor in Tunisia, where PM Ben Ali stepped down, the so called Arab Spring spread to Algeria and Morocco where it was eventually contained with monarchical survival after making concessions. Extension to Egypt resulted in overthrow of long time US ally Mubarak, who the US quickly abandoned. Bahrain and Jordan seem to have contained their rebellions. In Jordan's case with concessions and Bahrain with repressions. With a bit of irony, Lynch says the uprising in Yemen has been forgotten. After the bloody Saudi intervention we now know better. Most interesting is the account of NATO intervention in Libya with the immediate fall of Qaddafi. As we know, the bloody rebellion in Syria is still not resolved.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
didnt really get into the meat and potatoes of what caused the 'uprising' just followed the sequence of events and then not even fairly describing them....Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Covers all the bases. Would like to see a new edition with a new afterword that analysis the results of revolutions now that they've developed more.Published 9 months ago by Kacadie
I HATE non-fiction and had to read this for a class on the modern ME, but ended up not being able to put it down. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Aaron Butts
The author comes across as an expert. Unlike some readers I found the book fairly easy to follow as long as one had a basic knowledge of Middle East history and politics. Read morePublished 15 months ago by M
I read Lynch's blog on Foreign Policy regularly and looked forward to this book for use in a class on the Middle East. Read morePublished 19 months ago by tortuga
Interesting vision of the uprisings I would have liked more information on the political economy of the uprisings it takes into account nevertheless other important factors of the... Read morePublished 24 months ago by the arab uprisings
I cannot get over how good a read this book was. I do understand the points being made about it being published so quickly, but I also think it was important to capture the... Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by Arielle Jones
This book reveals a lot about the Arab spring, its development and its origins and future policy options.
Bob Dundon, S.J. Benin City, Nigeria