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Denis G. Campbell , Dorret Groot Wassink , Ali Van Zee
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29 July 2011
Egypt, treasured 'bucket' list destination for many, saw pro-democracy youth battle for freedom in Tahrir Square. This is their story of revolution where social media and Twitter helped topple a brutal, dictatorial regime in just 18 Days. Reading like the pages of a modern thriller, journalist Denis G. Campbell, Editor of UK Progressive Magazine, weaves a compelling moment-to-moment narrative interspersed with Tweets and social media broadcasts from those inside the revolutionary battle for Cairo's Tahrir Square, across Egypt and around the world.

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  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Cambria Books (29 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956803121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956803122
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,261,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Denis G. Campbell has provided Americas Commentary to global television (BBC, itv, Al Jazeera, CNN, AVRO, MSNBC), radio (BBC, China Ragio international, npr, PBS) and numerous print magazines and newspapers for 10-years.

He is an American/British journalist and author based in the UK. As Editor of UK Progressive Magazine, he is a frequent political, business and Middle East analyst and contributor.

Author of the book Egypt Unshackled, he detailed the events of 18 days of revolution in Cairo via the social media communications of those on the ground.

In Lipstick on THIS Pig? - the 1st e-book in this WTF Are they Doing? series, he talked about how far off the rails the Republican/GOP/Tea Party has ventured via their collective ODS (Obama derangement Syndrome).

In The Vagina Wars and The Vagina Wars on Steroids he details the GOP's War on Women, from wages to the Pill, abortion to Donna Reed stereotypes, the US Republican Party is racing backwards to the 1940s at breakneck speed. He also examines the impact of the general battle on the 99%, the mendacity of the current GOP candidate and the obscene amount of money in the political process.

His latest, Magic Underwear in the Situation Room examines the USA's first ever Mormon candidate for president, the history of that church, questions whether a member of the LDS Church can be supported by the RW Christian conservatives currently and the social issues ruling the election cycle.

He writes from a 200-year-old farmhouse atop the breath-taking cliffs of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. This is a place where history saw landowners crash returning ships from the Asian spice trade on the rocks below by tying lanterns to sheep necks and then use the timbres of those wrecked ships to build a pub behind a circa 1100 monastery's remains where the brothers brewed their own beer and their carousing was the bane of the Abbot of Neath.
Wales is a land of great stories and there is no better place on earth from which to tell them.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cutting edge 11 Nov 2011
As well as being a great read, Egypt Unsh@ckled is one those seminal 'records of history' that will be studied, referred to and cited by scholars and researchers in universities and think tanks interested in Middle Eastern affairs and the genesis of the Arab Spring.
However, this is not just about the Egyptian revolution. The author clearly shows how the new communication and mobile technologies are now the 'game changers' in politics and societal change. This applies not only to the Middle East but all societies and communities across the globe. Starting with Barack Obama's phenomenally successful use of the Internet to raise funds and motivate and communicate with previously unengaged voters to the present use in mobilising revolution.
Society is changing rapidly and the 'old guard, the old regimes' are being tweeted and posted away. Egypt Unsh@ckled is a mile stone, a benchmark for new types of reporting and analysis of fast moving events and accelerating history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZED 5 Oct 2011
AMAZED; I am amazed at this book. I expected Dennis' writing to be powerful and well executed. What I did not expect is the brilliant formatting of the book, which makes it a "no put down" masterpiece. I believe, for the first time in history, twittered messages (social media) sent from the scene of important breaking news (Egypt in rebellion against dictatorship) become the centerpiece. The author skillfully introduces these dramatic and emotional messages sent from the square containing all the emotion of the moment as people suffer and die and hope and victor. WOW what a book. It should alter the way the world is structured. Don't miss this GREAT LITERATURE! Thanks Dennis Campbell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought 6 Sep 2011
By D. Bijl
This work is a picture perfect presentation of why the revolution in Egypt is so important to all of us. Journalism has always adapted to circumstances, and now it is adapting to the strategic use of Social Media. Freedom fighters have a platform to show and tell what they experience (instances of brotherhood as well as atrocities) and reporters share this with the world. While doing this, the borders of simply reporting and actively participating are often crossed. Social Media Journalism will not go away anytime soon; those who want to know what it actually entails, and what questions it poses, should read this book now.
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