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4.00286259541985 out of 54.00286259541985 out of 54.00286259541985 out of 54.00286259541985 out of 54.00286259541985 out of 5 4.00 (1,048 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wael Ghonim Narrator: Sean Runnette Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The revolutions sweeping the Middle East in 2011 were unlike any the world had ever seen. Brutal regimes that had been in power for many decades were suddenly swarmed by unstoppable mobs of freedom seekers. Now, one of the key figures behind the Egyptian uprising tells the riveting inside story of what happened and presents lessons for all of us on how to unleash the power of crowds. 

Wael Ghonim was a little-known thirty-year-old Google executive in the fall of 2010 when he anonymously launched a Facebook page to protest the death of an Egyptian man at the hands of security forces. The page’s followers expanded quickly and moved from online protests to nonconfrontational public gatherings. Then, on January 14, 2011, they made history when they announced a revolution. Over 350,000 friends clamored to join. On January 25, as the revolution began in earnest, Ghonim was captured and held for twelve days of brutal interrogation—and when he emerged and gave a speech on national television, the protests grew even more intense. Four days later, Mubarak was gone. 

The lessons Ghonim draws will inspire each of us: Forget the past. Don’t plan ahead. Let the crowd make its own decisions. Welcome to Revolution 2.0.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] fast-paced and engrossing new memoir of political awakening…Ghonim’s memoir is a welcome and cleareyed addition to a growing list of volumes that have aimed (but often failed) to meaningfully analyze social media’s impact. It’s a book about social media for people who don’t think they care about social media. It will also serve as a touchstone for future testimonials about a strengthening borderless digital movement that is set to continually disrupt powerful institutions, be they corporate enterprises or political regimes…Ghonim’s writing voice is spare and measured, and marked by the same earnest humility he has displayed in media appearances.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Deserve[s] to become part of the canon of classic prison literature.”

    Washington Post

  • “A gripping chronicle of how a fear-frozen society finally topples its oppressors with the help of social media.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “There’s no doubting that his tell-it-like-it-is memoir will be studied by historians for generations to come.”

    Bloomberg

  • “There is an energy in the book and in Ghonim’s words that makes one feel it is much too soon to assume the revolution is over, or to underestimate what the rebels achieved.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Revolution 2.0…is likely to be required reading for web geeks, media experts, political scientists, advertising executives, activists, anarchists, confidence men, secret policemen, dictators and corporate strategists.”

    Telegraph (London)

  • “Ghonim…brings his broad international perspective and knowledge of technology to this fascinating look at the new face of revolution.”

    Booklist

  • “A remarkable personal testament that will be cited by future historians of both Facebook and the Arab Spring.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nasser | 3/15/2014

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Arvind | 8/27/2013

    " Very tempted to give it 5/5 because of the subject matter, but the book got a bit slow at times. Still a recommended read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Beth | 7/14/2013

    " Got this book for my daughter - but started reading it on my way to visit her at college and now she has to wait till I've finished it first. Excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah | 5/8/2013

    " Best memoir I've read in awhile. For those less interested in grassroots activism and/or social media, it may be a bit tedious. "

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