Author(s): وائل، غنيمDownload
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 30-year-old Google executive in the fall of 2010 when he anonymously launched a Facebook page to protest the death of one Egyptian man at the hands of security forces. The page’s followers expanded quickly and moved from online protests to non-confrontational 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.
Some Reviews: 330 in Goodreads.com
I pounced on this book when I came across it in the library by mere chance, and it was time well-spent. Wael Ghonim’s memoir of the events that led to the ouster of Hosni Mubarak is well-written and fascinating. Chapters are peppered with images of the actual Facebook status updates (without colour though) which give the book an added appeal. You get a sense of the urgency and desperation the Egyptians were facing, and their hunger for change.
What made the book more poignant for me was that I was taken back to the days leading up to 25th of January 2011, when I was monitoring developments out of Egypt in the newsroom. The image of the protesters pressing their foreheads on Tahrir Square after news of Mubarak’s resignation is one I may not forget for some time, and Ghonim’s memoir reminded me just how I felt that day when the story broke.
I decided to read this book because it looked interesting and also wanted to read this because i wanted to know the catastrophic events that happen in revolutions. The story is about man named Wael Ghonim who oppressed the opposing regime and eventually overthrew them through a new revolution that was created through the internet and named it the “Revolution 2.0.”The character I found interesting was Wael, because of his hardworking attitude and the determination to things right.Something new i learnt from this book was to stand for something you think is right,and I think this is important because this kind of attitude is found 1 in a 100 people.The quote i found interesting was “The power of the people is greater than the people in power” because it made me get a better understanding of the book before reading and because I found that it made me realise alot of things in a society.
On April 12th, 2012 I picked up this Book at our local library.
I can say that from the First page, I am wanting to read and learn more about this young man from Cairo, Weal Ghonim. He was a a Google executive I believe prior to the Revolution that occurred in Egypt.
He lives there part time and also in the USA I believe. All I can tell you at the moment as to the Story is the most interesting I’ve read in many months.
I have decided I would like to have in my personal library so am going to buy it as the one I have at present will be returned back to the library.
It is an incredible story of courage and patriotism to and for one’s country.
If you have a chance to read I do think you will taken by the bravery and compassion of his young man.
I received an ARC through Goodreads First Reads program. I’ve debated between 3 stars and 4 stars. I enjoyed the book, and the story was fascinating. For that reason, alone, I would recommend it highly. The author provides a first-hand account of the role of social media in the rise of the revolution in Egypt, including direct excerpts from Facebook. I sometimes struggled with the writing style of the author. Some of this could be due to translation issues. It was often dry and choppy which made it cumbersome to read at times. If it were not for the illuminating content, I might have put it down early. It was, however, worth the some of the struggles to read, and I have actually recommended it to my students as an optional reading for the upcoming semester.
Wael Ghonim provides a superb first-hand account of the Egyptian Arab Spring revolution in 2010-2011 from the perspective of how he used Facebook and other social media tools to help motivate anti-government protesters to overthrow the rule of the Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak. Ghonim’s story helped convince me that the power of the state continues to diminish and that individuals with the right narrative and the right tools can have magnificent impacts on the world we live in. Combine this book with “The Starfish and the Spider” and “Made to Stick” in order to get a great introduction to twenty-first century marketing.