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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Worth Narrator: Robert Worth, Will Damron Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781524752125
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The definitive work of literary journalism on the Arab Spring and its troubled aftermath

In 2011, a wave of revolution spread through the Middle East as protesters demanded an end to tyranny, corruption, and economic decay. From Egypt to Yemen, a generation of young Arabs insisted on a new ethos of common citizenship. Five years later, their utopian aspirations have taken on a darker cast as old divides reemerge and deepen. In one country after another, brutal terrorists and dictators have risen to the top.

A Rage for Order is the first work of literary journalism to track the tormented legacy of what was once called the Arab Spring. In the style of V. S. Naipaul and Lawrence Wright, the distinguished New York Times correspondent Robert F. Worth brings the history of the present to life through vivid stories and portraits. We meet a Libyan rebel who must decide whether to kill the Qaddafi-regime torturer who murdered his brother; a Yemeni farmer who lives in servitude to a poetry-writing, dungeon-operating chieftain; and an Egyptian doctor who is caught between his loyalty to the Muslim Brotherhood and his hopes for a new, tolerant democracy.
Combining dramatic storytelling with an original analysis of the Arab world today, A Rage for Ordercaptures the psychic and actual civil wars raging throughout the Middle East, and explains how the dream of an Arab renaissance gave way to a new age of discord.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Not simply the best book on the Arab spring, it is the best book on the Arab world today…Deeply intelligent and beautifully written.”

    Fareed Zakaria, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An excellent book.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “The book is a beautifully written chronicle…Worth does not judge. He reveals.”

    New York Times

  • “This is the book on the Middle East you have been waiting to read…[It] tells the story of the 2011 Arab Spring and its slide into autocracy and civil war better than I ever could have imagined its being told…It is also a marvel of storytelling.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Worth is a wonderful writer…[A] spectacular work of literary journalism.”

    Jerusalem Post

  • “The best way to make sense of the past six years is to ask the Arab people what happened. Robert Worth has done just that…[and] weaves together his stories with subtlety.”

    Economist (London)

  • “Will Damron fluidly narrates Worth’s experiences while reporting on the Arab Awakening…Damron’s eloquent narration and storytelling gift give shape to the complex and contradictory events that occurred in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, and Libya as he narrates Worth’s eyewitness accounts coolly and effectively.”


  • A New York Times Notable Book of 2016
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016 in Nonfiction
  • An NPR Best Book of 2016
  • A Mother Jones Best Book of 2016
  • Winner of the 2016 Lionel Gelber Prize
  • Finalist for the 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize
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About the Author

Robert F. Worth is an author and a New York Times former Beirut bureau chief. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine and the New York Review of Books.

About the Narrator

Will Damron has won several Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has had acting roles off-Broadway and on stage and screen throughout the country.