Revolution 2.0 by Wael Ghonim
The Power of the People Is Greater Than the People in Power: A Memoir

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If there is a weakness to "Revolution 2.0," it lies in the narrow focus.
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“A gripping chronicle of how a fear-frozen society finally topples its oppressors with the help of social media.” — San Francisco Chronicle

Wael Ghonim was a little-known, thirty-year-old Google executive in the summer 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 following expanded quickly and moved from online protests to a nonconfrontational movement. On January 25, 2011, Tahrir Square resounded with calls for change. Yet just as the revolution began in earnest, Ghonim was captured and held for twelve days of brutal interrogation. After he was released, he gave a tearful speech on national television, and the protests grew more intense. Four days later, the president of Egypt was gone.

In this riveting story, Ghonim takes us inside the movement and shares the keys to unleashing the power of crowds. In Revolution 2.0, we can all be heroes.

Revolution 2.0 is an engaging read, and it offers a sharply detailed look from the inside of an uprising that owed almost as much to social media connections as it did to anti-Mubarak passions.” — Los Angeles Times

Revolution 2.0 excels in chronicling the roiling tension in the months before the uprising, the careful organization required and the momentum it unleashed.” — NPR.org

 

About Wael Ghonim

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Wael Ghonim was born in Cairo and grew up in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, earning a degree from Cairo University in 2004 and an MBA from the American University in Cairo in 2007. He joined Google in 2008, rising to become Head of Marketing for Google Middle East and North Africa. He is currently on sabbatical from Google to launch an NGO supporting education and technology in Egypt.
 
Published January 17, 2012 by Mariner Books. 329 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Jose Antonio Vargas on Feb 17 2012

What Ghonim’s book makes clear, however, is that revolution begins with the self: with what one is willing to stand for online and offline, and what one citizen is willing to risk in the service of his country.

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Reviewed by Amitava Kumar on Feb 08 2012

Its approach — inherently plural, modern and pragmatic — augurs well for a society on the brink of an uncertain future.

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Reviewed by Scott Martelle on Jan 29 2012

If there is a weakness to "Revolution 2.0," it lies in the narrow focus.

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