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Tweets from Tahrir: Egypt's Revolution as it Unfolded, in the Words of the People Who Made it [Paperback]

Alex Nunns , Nadia Idle
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  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: OR Books (21 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935928457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935928454
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 12.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 733,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"My favorite bit is Hosni Mubarak has tweets in this book...I don't think it's really him." -Jon Stewart, The Daily Show "Deeply moving, a record of great courage, mostly by young people, facing Mubarak's legion of goons and regime thugs." -Robert Fisk, The Independent "Without the new media the Egyptian Revolution could not have happened in the way that it did. The causes of the revolution were many; deep-rooted and long seated. The turning moment had come - but it was the instant and wide-spread nature of the new media that made it possible to recognise the moment and to push it into such an effective manifestation."-Ahdaf Soueif, from the foreword

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Whats going on in Egypt made easy.... 12 May 2011
This is pretty good and very cutting edge....I loved the back to front idea of using Twitter comments and making them into an informative book.... It works...and makes for an easy but informative read....perfect for on my way to work because it meant that I could read bits, break off and then come back to it.

After everything in the news and on tv about whats happening in Egypt and the Arab World I wanted to know more. After seeing this book online I felt that it would be written in a way I could relate to and also not be to heavy going. So I gave it a shot....and I'm glad I did! The book gave me an amazing insight in to the kind of people tied up in the events in Egypt, there's a lot of personal stuff in here and I feel like I now understand the individuals and there lives better. These events are happening to real people and it is so easy to feel detached from them...almost like it's another world...but it helped me to remember that it's really not that far from home and that this is effecting people just like you and I.

... Overall it's a cool if like me you feel a bit daunted and overwhelmed by the politics of these important events or you just want a more personal insight into whats really going on ...then this is the book for you, I learnt a lot!
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5.0 out of 5 stars History in the making ... 10 May 2011
This is a noble effort at humanising and modernising the study of contemporary world events and keeping them out of the grubby mitts of commentators keen on carving out a ill-fitting, wider political narrative. There are no grandiose 'Finland Station' moments for ideological posterity or tradition - just the stories of individual activists over a series of days, expressing the defiance, fear and hope that captivated people around the world and made the Egyptian Revolution the compelling story that it was.

It is possible that this book reflects a significant breakthrough in the recording of history. It puts out a concise, clinical assessment of the events as they unfolded and explains the political and ideological context of the protests. What the book does most impressively, however, is harness the modern phenomenon of social networking as a primary historical source, giving people outside of Egyptian politics a refreshingly human insight into the emotions, ideals and struggles of the protestors. Through explaining the effect of misinformation in Egypt, as much as anything, it shows how revolutions are fought in the modern age as a battle of communication.

A engrossing and hugely informative read. The only downside was the use of US English, but I can live with that - corporate globalisation and all ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating read 10 May 2011
I caught word of this little book on facebook and it's since been cited on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and on The Colbert Report.

I was a little sceptical about reading a whole book based on disparate tweets, but from the start I was hooked. You can't get closer to the ground than this. The tweets depict the tension and nerves felt leading up to the demonstrations, and also the pride that people felt after achieving such huge results each day. The very existence of these messages and photos shows the efforts that people were going to every day - to make sure the word got out - despite the attempts of the government to cut the people off from the technology that would achieve that.

There's themes of joy, freedom and empowerment, as well as sadness, frustration, and occasional anger - involving a multitude of diverse characters, who collectively lead the reader perfectly through these amazing events.

A thoroughly captivating little book indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was cynical but..... 10 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
..this is actually superb stuff. Both a fascinating way of tracking the events and also very engaging on a human level as you become familiar with the cast of "tweeters". Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The people have tweeted... 10 May 2011
By Carl
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a fantastic, innovative book which captures the zeitgeist of the Arab Spring. It provides an alternative perspective to the familiar histories of Egypt and its political parties, as well as providing a mass of evidence to substantiate, and in places question, much of the current discussion surrounding the role of social media in these protests.

I really enjoyed reading this book, as it gave some kind of feeling of what it would have been like to live through the occupation of Tahrir Square, and the reader watches the downfall of Mubarak in slow motion and vivid detail alongside the tweeting protestors. Anyone interested in the events of the last few months in North Africa and the Middle East should buy this book!
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