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Tweets from Tahrir: Egypt's Revolution as it Unfolded, in the Words of the People Who Made it Paperback – April 21, 2011


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  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: OR Books (April 21, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1935928457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935928454
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like Victor Pelevin's "The Helmet of Horror" except this is real life!
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Both a fascinating way of tracking the events and also very engaging on a human level as you become familiar with the cast of "tweeters".
Simon Armitage
This book is a very good read - exciting in some places and moving in others and definitely very much better than you would expect.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dominic Crofts on May 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
Wow! You want to know what the Egyptian Revolution was all about - read this book. You want to know what Twitter can do when it's used properly - read this book. You just want a great story of courage and drama and tears - read this book. All my friends are going to get this for their birthday, whether they like it or not...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Simon Armitage on May 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
..this is actually superb stuff. Both a fascinating way of tracking the events and also very engaging on a human level as you become familiar with the cast of "tweeters". Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ricardo on June 1, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I went from having a passing interest in how this momentus event took place to feeling like I was on the inside of a real human drama. It has to catch on as a way of giving real life events a narrative. It drew me in and gave me a whole new perpective on this part of the world. A brilliant book and one of kind!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By EstherRuth on May 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is pretty good and very cutting edge....I loved the back to front idea of using Twitter comments and making them into an informative book.... It works...and makes for an easy but informative read....perfect for on my way to work because it meant that I could read bits, break off and then come back to it.

After everything in the news and on tv about whats happening in Egypt and the Arab World I wanted to know more. After seeing this book online I felt that it would be written in a way I could relate to and also not be to heavy going. So I gave it a shot....and I'm glad I did! The book gave me an amazing insight in to the kind of people tied up in the events in Egypt, there's a lot of personal stuff in here and I feel like I now understand the individuals and there lives better. These events are happening to real people and it is so easy to feel detached from them...almost like it's another world...but it helped me to remember that it's really not that far from home and that this is effecting people just like you and I.

... Overall it's a cool book..so if like me you feel a bit daunted and overwhelmed by the politics of these important events or you just want a more personal insight into whats really going on ...then this is the book for you, I learnt a lot!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carlton Banks on May 10, 2011
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This is a noble effort at humanising and modernising the study of contemporary world events and keeping them out of the grubby mitts of commentators keen on carving out a ill-fitting, wider political narrative. There are no grandiose 'Finland Station' moments for ideological posterity or tradition - just the stories of individual activists over a series of days, expressing the defiance, fear and hope that captivated people around the world and made the Egyptian Revolution the compelling story that it was.

It is possible that this book reflects a significant breakthrough in the recording of history. It puts out a concise, clinical assessment of the events as they unfolded and explains the political and ideological context of the protests. What the book does most impressively, however, is harness the modern phenomenon of social networking as a primary historical source, giving people outside of Egyptian politics a refreshingly human insight into the emotions, ideals and struggles of the protestors. Through explaining the effect of misinformation in Egypt, as much as anything, it shows how revolutions are fought in the modern age as a battle of communication.

A engrossing and hugely informative read. The only downside was the use of US English, but I can live with that - corporate globalisation and all ...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Hamoudi on May 10, 2011
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I caught word of this little book on facebook and it's since been cited on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and on The Colbert Report.

I was a little sceptical about reading a whole book based on disparate tweets, but from the start I was hooked. You can't get closer to the ground than this. The tweets depict the tension and nerves felt leading up to the demonstrations, and also the pride that people felt after achieving such huge results each day. The very existence of these messages and photos shows the efforts that people were going to every day - to make sure the word got out - despite the attempts of the government to cut the people off from the technology that would achieve that.

There's themes of joy, freedom and empowerment, as well as sadness, frustration, and occasional anger - involving a multitude of diverse characters, who collectively lead the reader perfectly through these amazing events.

A thoroughly captivating little book indeed.
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