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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 53 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: January 17, 2012
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B006YKMBES
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Revolution 2.0: The Power of the People Is Greater Than the People in Power - A Memoir Audiobook – Unabridged
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This book is more than a personal account of Wael Ghoneim's role in the revolution. It is a reflection of his generation's unexpected involvement in their country's political fate. Long viewed as spoiled Westernized brats, liberal middle class Egyptian youths proved to be much more than affluent fast car driving beach kids with an identity crisis. Revolution 2.O delves deep into the mindset of a generation that surprised even itself. While the world expected, and almost wished, any upheaval in the Middle East to come from the radical right wing, the roaring voices of pro-democracy and liberal human rights activists drowned the stereotyping of the Middle East. It is sad how world politics, working with Arab regimes and military, are trying desperately to push the right wing to the foreground of the new Middle East at the expense of the young activists who initiated the rebellion no one dared even talk about. It is important to read Revolution 2.0 not only with the events of the revolution as the backdrop of the narrative and analysis but with the book itself as a testimony and an account of the true origins of the Egyptian revolution.
It is a must read. This account will become even more important as such true origins are overshadowed by world governments' deals with the right wing and the military in the Middle East to hijack the revolutions sparked by pro-democracy and liberal activists.
Most of all Ghonim was desperate to refute charges of treason or of foreign collusion. This is a case he makes persuasively in his book. He details the path of a successful young Google executive leading an exceptionally comfortable life in Dubai who chooses to come back to Egypt to take part in the revolution and gets arrested and psychologically tortured.
Most interesting is the behind the scenes, keystroke by keystroke depiction of the role Face Book and social media played in propagating and organizing dissent into the first 'internet revolution'.
For a full understanding of the Egyptian revolution and the events preceding and leading up to it... read this book.