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on January 22, 2012
Wael Ghoniem spoke from his heart in this book, you get this feeling in every page of the book. I bought the Kindle version started reading it at 9:00 pm and could not stop reading till I finished it at 4:00 am. Although I am an Egyptian living abroad who knew about many of the events in the book and followed it closely over past year. Yet Wael gives the general aspect of the event and jumps into details behind the scene that not every person knew about the revolution. It gets a little personal about Wael in some cases yet still interesting to understand the personality of this guy, which I see him as a reflection of this generation. Well done Wael.....and thanks for documenting it in such a nice way. In many instances I felt you were expressing my own feelings. May Allah bless you and reward you for the good that you have done and will do through publishing this book.
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on May 5, 2012
Wael Ghonim has become an iconic figure of the Egyptian revolution since he anonymously started the Facebook Page, "We are All Khalid Said," criticizing police brutality in Egypt after young activist Khalid Said was beaten to death in broad daylight by the police in Alexandria for posting a video on police corruption on the internet. In the first few days of the revolution, Ghonim was kidnapped by plainclothes policeman but released later. He appeared on a talk show at a time when the protests were reaching a dead end. Instead of delivering a fiery speech full of revolutionary fervor as expected, he wept and apologized publicly to the parents of protesters who were killed during the protests, saying "don't blame us, blame those who are power hungry." His tearful words ignited the protests again.

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.
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on January 21, 2012
This book is a must read. Written by Wael Ghoneim, it goes into the heart and mind of one of the critical forces behind the movement of the Egyptian people. The book takes you through the political scene in Egypt through the eyes of a young activist who shares his dreams, his fears, and his aspirations. Reading the book, especially for those who lived the events but did not have a full picture of the situation or the actions behind the scenes, you feel like you are riding a roller coaster of emotions, as if you are on the brink of a volcano expecting it to erupt at any moment. you know what is coming, yet you hold your breath as if afraid that things will not turn out as you know they will.
For a full understanding of the Egyptian revolution and the events preceding and leading up to it... read this book.
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on January 17, 2013
On a visit to Cairo this week, I was particularly excited to speak with people about the role of Facebook and Twitter in the Revolution the culminated on January 25, 2011. On the plane over, I read Wael Ghonim's excellent memoir Revolution 2.0: The power of the people is greater than the people in power. It was the perfect book for a long flight - fast paced, interesting, and timely.

I arrived wondering if social media was used more in business in Egypt in other places now that the power of these tools was obvious to all. But I learned an important fact as I was talking to people about social media. Many people I spoke with told me how the country is suffering because tourists are scared to come because of what they read and see in the media. People think Egypt is dangerous for foreigners. Tourism is a very important industry and a critical source of foreign currency investment and the numbers of visitors is way down.

Indeed, many people questioned my wisdom in traveling there. But I was safe the entire time.

Wael Ghonim's memoir tells the fascinating story of how he became the anonymous admin of a Facebook page called Kullena Khaled Said, which turned into a critical social media communication point for political change.

Khaled Said, a 28-year-old Egyptian, was tortured to death by the police. He became the symbol for many Egyptians who wanted to see an end to the Mubarak regime that perpetrated such violence, conducted under the 30-year-old long emergency martial law.

Ghonim was an ordinary middle class Egyptian citizen who was living in Dubai and working for Google. Many of his Facebook posts (which because they were done under the "admin" role were anonymous) captured the sentiments of young people eager for change. When the Tunisian government fell under similar circumstances, the time was right. "I feel that very soon we will turn the page, claim our pen, and begin writing our future with our own hands," Ghonim wrote on the page. (6,317 Likes 2,077 Comments 1,244,267 Views).

Ghonim was eventually arrested and spent more than a week in prison. His book reads like a spy novel as he describes the ways he hid his identity and had people help him with the page even when he was unable to.

The culmination was the massive protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square and central locations in many other cities. "Message to the regime: The people on the streets raise the level of their demands with every passing hour. The current demand that needs to be fulfilled as fast as possible is for the president to step down and leave Egypt." (5,514 Likes 5,030 Comments 1,013,841 Views).

Ghonim doesn't claim credit for the revolution nor did anybody I spoke with say that he should. He says there are other more outspoken and more courageous people than him. But there is no doubt that his social networking and marketing skills led to a new "Revolution 2.0" model for political change.

The lessons can be applied to any communications. Let's hope social media can help bring the tourists back to Egypt.
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on February 24, 2012
Revolution 2.0 by Wael Ghonim is the story of an Egyptian Generation that found itself making history without even realizing it . Wael represents the middle -upper middle class of the Egyptian Society who was forced by the events in Egypt i.e escalating and shameless police brutality against even the average Egyptians to change his priorities and get actively involved in the politics of Egypt . As a founder & the admin of "kolena Khaled Said" - we are all Khaled Said - the young man who was killed by the police forces in the city of Alexandria and who's pictures spread like fire All over the net .. Wael has mobilized the youth of Egypt like No one has has united them all after one Goal and has lead them all to rediscover them selves and their country . The best part of the book for me is when wael starts talking about the page and the posts there and i can remember them .... i can even remember the debates that were taking place on the wall ,,, the collective thinking and wisdom that was born out of that ....... None of us knew who was the admin but we all felt that he was one of us ...... thats exactly the feeling you will get when yr reading the book ...... yr just having a friendly chat with Wael over coffee and he is telling you his story .... which in fact is OUR story .... Again i see this book Not as a story about the social media and its impact on the Arab Spring but its a Story about a generation that used its tools well to discover its own self and make a Change that NO one though was possible Including the activists . A MUST READ
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on January 22, 2012
I could not put this down. The amazing thing, the author would describe a certain event, and I could look it up on the Internet and see the actual event on various videos. For example the initial "Silent Stand" protest. The original "We Are Khaled Said" webpages are still online. The book is written like a conversation with a good friend. You are having a beer/coffee with Wael Ghonim, and he is telling you his story. The author makes a complicated event very simple and human, and easy to understand, especially to westerners. Anyone who found themselves even remotely drawn to events in Tahrir will love this book. I have not been this eager to devour a book in long time, I was not disappointed. Thank you, Wael Ghonim.
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on March 3, 2012
Revolutionary leader,Google Marketing Executive, father, son, brother, friend, classmate, Wael Ghonim is known by many different titles. This book is an absolutely stunning description of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution by one of the central activists behind the mobilization and plan to overthrow the regime. Wael speaks in his own words not only about the revolution but life, youth, faith, family, friends, and above all the passion to create a better world. He gives excellent insight into broader social, cultural, and political factors in the Middle East both for laymen and knowledgeable insiders. Wael takes you through an emotional roller coaster, from suspense and anger, to laughter and promise. I honestly couldn't put it down and completed it in two sittings. I would strongly recommend this for anyone interested in the story behind the revolutions hitting the Middle East. Whether you're a student, teacher, policy maker or future revolutionary this book has something to offer to everyone. Unjust governments and leaders everywhere take notice, people power is real, it's living, and under the right circumstances overcomes all odds in realizing change. Revolutions realign the course of history particularly when it looses direction, they have and will always remain with us through our existence.
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on September 6, 2012
Wael Ghonim's name was first revealed to me, as it was to Egyptians and the world, in February 2011, during the tensest time of the Revolution, before the fall of Mubarak. Before that the world had been in the dark about the identity of the administrator of the 'We are all Khalid Said' web page that helped launch the revolution. I was in Egypt at the time and lived through these events day by day. Along with the rest of Egypt, I watched this unknown young man, Wael Ghonim, appear on a talk show called 'Ten PM' with Mona El Shazly, upon his release from 12 days detention by Mubarak's security services. Tearful, haggard, unkempt, he related his ordeal and begged for forgiveness from the parents of the young martyrs who had died in Tahrir for the revolution Ghonim was instrumental in calling for and organizing.
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'.
Samia Serageldin
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on February 16, 2012
I found the book Revolution 2.0 by Wael Ghonim to be very fascinating! He documented the steps leading to the revolution in great details yet in a suspenseful style that makes you continue reading in order to find out what's next.

I was particularly impressed with Ghonim's humility, courage, independence and dedication. He achieved financial independence just as he graduated from high school, working for Internet companies. He also created a website called IslamWay.com for Islamic knowledge, which became extremely popular. While still undergraduate student he donated the website to a US based charity that sponsored Muslim communities globally. So I am not surprised to see him donating all royalties from his book to charity in Egypt.

In addition to the details of the events in Egypt leading to January 25th revolution, the book also included Ghonim's personal involvement. All along, the calls for protests and eventually to the revolution, stressed the importance of the peaceful means. I appreciated his mature level of thinking as he stated:"Yet revolutions are processes and not events, and the next chapter of this story is only beginning to be written"

The book is enlightening and I recommend for everyone to read.
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on May 16, 2013
This book offers an honest and clear insight into the Egyptian revolution right from the center of events and from within the great mind that sparked the entire thing. Wael Goneim is always humble calling himself an ordinary man and refusing to be decorated as a hero. The truth is, if he is not a hero, I do not know what heroes are made of! He is a visionary who actualized his vision on one heck of a magnificent scale! He changed the entire country. Whether he likes it or not, he made history. I really loved every bit of the book. My saddest moment was when I realized that a had only a few pages left to finish it. I became even sadder when I realized some of those pages were acknowledgments! It is a book that will leave you craving for more. It is written by one if the few sincere, powerful yet delicate souls remaining on our planet!
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