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This review is from: Tweets from Tahrir (Kindle Edition)
I bought this because I was interested in the idea of Twitter being used as history, but I had my doubts as to whether it would work as a book. Well it does! I really didn't think that tweets could be this captivating. They actually tell the story of the Egyptian uprising really well - after a few pages, once I had got used to it, I didn't give the Twitter format much thought and just raced through the book. At times it is very moving - you're drawn into Tahrir Square and when protesters are attacked and some are killed you really feel the emotion. As the pace quickens towards the end it's actually exciting and you can't wait for the dictator to fall.
Having read it, I think this is a wonderful - if partial - way to tell history. The uprising was powerful to watch on the news, but this book gave me a much deeper understanding of what was going on and the kinds of people involved, making it more powerful still. It's a record of humanity at its best.