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Liberation Square; Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation

Liberation Square; Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation

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A definitive, absorbing 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, Ashraf Khalil was an eyewitness to the perfect storm that brought down Mubarak and his regime. Khalil 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 one-of-a-kind look at a nation in the throes of an uprising.Liberation Square is a revealing and dramatic look at the revolution that transformed the modern history of one of the world’s oldest civilizations.
A definitive, absorbing 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, Ashraf Khalil was an eyewitness to the perfect storm that brought down Mubarak and his regime. Khalil 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 one-of-a-kind look at a nation in the throes of an uprising.Liberation Square is a revealing and dramatic look at the revolution that transformed the modern history of one of the world’s oldest civilizations.

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LIBERATION SQUARE
. Copyright © 2011 by Ashraf Khalil. All rights re-served. Printed in the United States of America. For information, ad-dress St. Martin’s Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010. www.stmartins.com
 Design by Anna Gorovoy  Photo on title page by Ashraf Khalil
Library of Congress Cataloging- in-Publication DataKhalil, Ashraf.Liberation Square : inside the Egyptian revolution and the rebirthof a nation / Ashraf Khalil. — 1st ed.p. cm.ISBN 978-1-250-00669-1 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4299-6244-5 (e-book)1. Egypt—History—Revolution, 2011. 2. Egypt—Politics andgovernment—21st century. I. Title.DT107.87.K43 2012962.05'5—dc232011038194First Edition: January 201210 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
 
Imagine for a moment that President George Bush (thefirst) had suddenly died in office, leaving Dan Quayle—anational punch line who nobody thought would ever wieldany real power—as president of the United States. Thenimagine that nearly three decades later, that same per-ceived lightweight was
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running the country; that anentire generation of Americans had never known any otherleader; that he and Marilyn Quayle were busily renamingpublic buildings, bridges, and libraries after themselves;and that president-for-life Quayle was seemingly groom-ing one of his children to continue the family business of running the country.If that seems far-fetched, it’s not too far from the real-ity that Egyptians had been living through for nearlythree decades. Put simply: Hosni Mubarak’s era as Egypt’smodern-day pharaoh was never supposed to happen. Oneof the core ironies of Mubarak’s twenty-nine-year death
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