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Liberation Square : inside the Egyptian revolution and the rebirth of a nation / Ashraf Khalil.


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Khalil, Ashraf.
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1st ed. - New York : St. Martin's Press, 2012, c2011.
  • Book
  • x, 324 p. ; 25 cm.
Includes index.
  • Prologue: Cairo burning
  • The accidental dictator
  • Signposts on the way to Tahrir
  • "And what if we say 'no'?"
  • The emergency law martyr
  • The rigged game
  • The ElBaradei effect
  • Uncharted waters
  • Safwat's last stand
  • The fall of the police state
  • Thug rule
  • The battle of Tahrir
  • The golden age of the republic of Tahrir
  • Al Jazeera under seige
  • "We need to drag him from his castle"
  • "One hand" divided
  • The bearded hordes
  • Tearing down the propaganda machine
  • The reckoning
  • Epilogue: The Cairo effect.
This work is an account of the Egyptian revolution, written by a Cairo-based Egyptian-American reporter for Foreign Policy and The Times (London), who witnessed firsthand Mubarak's demise and the country's efforts to build a democracy. In early 2011, the world's attention was riveted on Cairo, where after three decades of supremacy, Hosni Mubarak was driven from power. It was a revolution as swift as it was explosive. For eighteen days, anger, defiance, and resurgent national pride reigned in the streets; protestors of all ages struck back against police and state security, united toward the common goal of liberation. But the revolution was more than a spontaneous uprising. It was the end result of years of mounting tension, brought on by a state that shamelessly abused its authority, rigging elections, silencing opposition, and violently attacking its citizens. When revolution bloomed in the region in January 2011, Egypt was a country whose patience had expired, with a people suddenly primed for liberation. As a journalist based in Cairo, the author was an eyewitness to the perfect storm that brought down Mubarak and his regime. He was subjected to tear gas alongside protestors in Tahrir Square, barely escaped an enraged mob, and witnessed the day-to-day developments from the frontlines. From the halls of power to the back alleys of Cairo, he offers a look at a nation in the throes of an uprising. This book is a revealing look at the revolution that transformed the modern history of one of the world's oldest civilizations.

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