- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (January 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781250006691
- ISBN-13: 978-1250006691
- ASIN: 1250006694
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation Hardcover – January 3, 2012
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“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
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.
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Khalil is frank. He is clear the Tahrir Square would not have been possible with the prior example of the Tunisia uprising. He highlights the widespread non-violent protests while acknowledging the role of violent and rageful rock-throwers. He speaks of the Mohammed ElBaradei's irrelevance to the revolution. He speaks of Muslim Brotherhood, an organization once banned from a role in Egyptian politics, its initial lack participation in the revolution and its eventual rise in prominence. Khalil speaks of the regime's use of the Brotherhood as a bogeyman to frighten moderates. He respects the group's organizational abilities, but tempers the fears of those worried about its post-revolution status. The group, he feels, is not as monolithic as outsides think, and will diminish in power when faced with open elections.
"Liberation Square" provides a ground-up view of a popular movement to overthrow a dictator and his ruthless security apparatus. It is a story of a people finally fed up with living in fear, lies and hopelessness, taking their destiny in their own hands. It is informative and inspiring look at how many factors combine to move a people to overthrow their shackles and live as free people