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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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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!
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 ...
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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I found this account from people on the ground truly fascinating. There were excellent introductory chapters, explaining what was happening, before each set of tweets, to put them... Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by C. Buchanan
Not being a twitter fan, I thought at first this book wasnt for me.
BUT WOW how wrong I was - it was so much better than I ever could have imagined. Read more
This is a fantastic, innovative book which captures the zeitgeist of the Arab Spring. It provides an alternative perspective to the familiar histories of Egypt and its political... Read morePublished on May 10, 2011 by Carl
This is not the subject matter I usually like to read. I don't choose to read books about world politics and, not being on Twitter, I find tweets difficult to fathom. Read morePublished on May 4, 2011 by Oreleus