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Arab Uprisings: The People Want the Fall of the Regime [Hardcover]

Jeremy Bowen
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25 Oct 2012
Jeremy Bowen has been the BBC's Middle East correspondent for twelve years and has been on the ground for them as the recent revolutions have swept through the region. Realising this as a game-changing moment in the history of the Middle East, The Arab Uprisings captures the thoughts and feelings of the people involved as the events unfolded, putting these revolutions in their political context, and using them as a prism through which to understand the broader history and landscape of the Middle East. The book will look at the world the demonstrators rejected and its Arab dictators. The author will examine brutal police states, tribal loyalty and foreign help. The West's response and Israel's too, will form part of the narrative. This is an urgent and authoritative account of the seismic political changes rocking the Middle East, from one of the foremost reporters of our time.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (25 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857208845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857208842
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 16.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Gripping... You emerge from the book feeling you have been as close an observer of a war as you are ever likely to be' (LITERARY REVIEW)" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Jeremy Bowen is Middle East Editor for the BBC and has covered the majority of breaking news and stories from the Middle East since the 1991 Gulf War. He is the author of two previous books: Six Days and War Stories.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some excellent material but difficult to read 31 Aug 2013
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I bought this because I enjoy Jeremy Bowen's news reports and thought this would give me a better insight into what is going on in the Middle East.

There is indeed some really good analysis. For instance I now have a lot more sympathy for Russia's position on Syria because of Bowen's explanation which seems a lot more balanced than what we normally hear.

However I really struggled to keep interested for much of it. It may be that Bowen writes in chunks comparable to his TV reports - but the chunks just don't seem terribly well connected. He jumps from high level analysis to personal interaction with ordinary people he meets on the street, to something happening in a different country.

A number of these chunks really held my attention but many others did not and seemed like they were commentary behind TV images of the conditions and doesn't work so well without those images.

I'd suggest anyone gets a sample first if buying for a Kindle to see if the writing style is OK for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, Informative and Rushed 4 Jan 2013
By Samuel
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I loved this book, the way it is presented, with first hand experience seamlessly integrated into analysis is excellent. My only qualm, and the reason for it losing a star, is that it feels rushed and not properly proofread, leading to silly but annoying errors. Despite this, it is well worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Front line reporting 8 Jan 2014
As other reviewers have said, this book does not give a comprehensive history of the Arab uprisings, but then Jeremy Bowen is not a historian, he is a reporter. And in fact he says himself in the introduction that he is not aiming for a comprehensive history and that his book will be slanted towards the episodes he had direct experience of. However, the front line reporting is outstanding. Bowen describes vividly incidents he witnessed and allows stakeholders from all viewpoints to speak for themselves with direct quotes. The book allows you to really get inside the events as they are happening and to some extent to get into the thoughts of a huge variety of individuals who participated in the events. Bowen does give enough historical, political and economic detail for the reader to set the events effectively in context. He also examines some of the economic, political and sectarian fault lines which make the Arab uprisings such complex events and which make each of them so different from the others. All in all a fascinating read, and an important contribution to helping us understand what is happening in the Middle East.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lively Reportage 3 Feb 2013
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Jeremy is a familiar and respected reporter but falls down when it comes to analysis. The impressions ofwhat he personally saw and heard are convincing evidence of the people's fervent desire for political change but do not explain the history, the economics and political set-ups or the crucial role of oil in their determination. Jeremy is too much the front-line reporter and not enough the historian and political analyst
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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As ever Jeremy Bowen's first hand on the spot journalism is balanced by his deeper understanding that the Middle East is a complex melange from the artificial melting pot of former colonial artificially created territory, politics, secular and religious excesses. This book should be compulsory reading for cabinet and opposition as well as Whitehall FO Middle East Desks.....
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By markr TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is an interesting and very readable account of the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, and Libya, with references to Lebanon, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Mixing personal reportage style writing with brief analyses of the causes and and key events of the uprisings, Bowen makes clear that they cannot be treated as single movement but are instead a series of localised reactions to authoritarian regimes and hopelessness, connected mainly by the use of social media to bring the rebellions to worldwide attention and to communicate with other resistors to the status quo.

Bowen makes clear that the uprisings, even when they have been successful in deposing rulers, have some distance yet to run before stability is achieved and democatic processes fully established.

This is a readable book, although at times the narrative is a liitle disconnected and seems rushed
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good read 27 Nov 2013
This book is not going to give you a full account of the Arab uprisings, neither a very comprehensive one. If you are an avid follower of those events, then do not expect much more to be added.

However, the brilliance here is that of a personal account of a very experienced journalist, it is a well told story, a personal account, and experience and gut of one of the "old dogs" of Middle East journalism.

Have a read, get to know more about the horrid dictators of the Middle East and the people who rebelled against them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE MIDDLE EAST FOR DUMMIES 3 Sep 2013
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Because Jeremy Bowen has been the BBC Middle East correspondent for so long, he has an enormous wealth of understanding of the cultural undercurrents which apply across the region. His TV contributions make a complex situation easy for the layman to understand. This book does the same in a readable manner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and informative as one would expect from someone like...
Insightful and informative as one would expect from someone like Jeremy Bowen. HIs books provide me with a 'view' form the outside as to what is happening in the middle east. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ms. Joanna Ruth Penney
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, insightful, authoritative
Jeremy Bowen's extensive experience in and around the Middle East and his balanced reporting come together into this excellent book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Patrick Beautement
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant analysis
Excellent and insightful view of someone who was there on the ground, met and spoke with those involved and who knows the Middle East well.
Published 8 months ago by Stirling
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, great journalist
Nearest thing to understanding the cauldron that has been bubbling in this region during most peoples lifetime through the eyes of a true journalist!
Published 11 months ago by Carole Smith, Graham Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good all round analysis
If you want a good guide to whats going on in a very complicated Middle East then you won't go far wrong with this book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by MR R P THELWELL
5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy
I bought this book as a present and The person I bought it for loved it I was very pleased with the delivery; it was on time as promised
Published 11 months ago by tomkat
5.0 out of 5 stars Widenened my husbands knowledge!
It was a gift to my husband, and he thought it was very informative ,and a very good read.
Jeremy Bowen is an excellent Journalist.
Published 12 months ago by Rosemary Beardwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reportage
Perfect guide to the current turmoil in North Africa and wider Middle East. Bowne's eyewitness account and analysis is peerless. Highly recommended
Published 12 months ago by sevilla
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