Liberation Square by Ashraf Khalil
Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation

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A definitive, absorbing account of the Egyptian revolution, written by a Cairo-based Egyptian-American reporter for Foreign Policy and The Times (London), who witnessed firsthand Mubarak's demise and the country's efforts to build a democracy





In early 2011, the world's attention was riveted on Cairo, where after three decades of supremacy, Hosni Mubarak was driven from power. It was a revolution as swift as it was explosive. For eighteen days, anger, defiance, and resurgent national pride reigned in the streets---protestors of all ages struck back against police and state security, united toward the common goal of liberation.





But the revolution was more than a spontaneous uprising. It was the end result of years of mounting tension, brought on by a state that shamelessly abused its authority, rigging elections, silencing opposition, and violently attacking its citizens. When revolution bloomed in the region in January 2011, Egypt was a country whose patience had expired---with a people suddenly primed for liberation.





As a journalist based in Cairo, Ashraf Khalil was an eyewitness to the perfect storm that brought down Mubarak and his regime. Khalil was subjected to tear gas alongside protestors in Tahrir Square, barely escaped an enraged mob, and witnessed the day-to-day developments from the frontlines. From the halls of power to the back alleys of Cairo, he offers a one-of-a-kind look at a nation in the throes of an uprising.




Liberation Square is a revealing and dramatic look at the revolution that transformed the modern history of one of the world's oldest civilizations.


 

About Ashraf Khalil

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ASHRAF KHALIL has covered the Middle East for the The Times (London), The Economist, Foreign Policy, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Middle East edition of Rolling Stone. He worked as a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times in the Baghdad and Jerusalem bureaus and has been based in Cairo for most of the last fifteen years.
 
Published January 3, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 337 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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“Seeing Egyptians regain that sense of dignity, pride, and ownership,” he writes, “was one of the most amazing aspects of the entire pressurized three-week Egyptian revolution.” A personal account that will be appreciated by those looking to move beyond the day's headlines, from one who wrote s...

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Christian Science Monitor

Sections of Khalil’s narrative demonstrate that the power of the masses can begin with the courageous words and actions of inspiring individuals.

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Christian Science Monitor

Journalism in a specific setting usually deserves its reputation as the “first rough draft of history.” Because the end of the Hosni Mubarak government in Egypt came just last year, it would be reasonable to expect little of historical permanence from a book-length account of what happened.

Jan 23 2012 | Read Full Review of Liberation Square: Inside the...

City Book Review

The third part covers what has happened since the overthrow of Mubarak.

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When revolution bloomed in the region in January 2011, Egypt was a country whose patience had expired---with a people suddenly primed for liberation.As a journalist based in Cairo, Ashraf Khalil was an eyewitness to the perfect storm that brought down Mubarak and his regime.

Feb 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Liberation Square: Inside the...

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