The Egyptians

The Egyptians

A Radical History of Egypt's Unfinished Revolution

Book - 2016
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A Kirkus Best Book of 2017

From award-winning journalist Jack Shenker, an "intimate and comprehensive portrait" (Pankaj Mishra) of the battle for contemporary Egypt that marks a stunning debut from a rising star

In The Egyptians , journalist Jack Shenker uncovers the roots of the uprising that succeeded in toppling Hosni Mubarak, one of the Middle East's most entrenched dictators, and explores a country now divided between two irreconcilable political orders. Challenging conventional analyses that depict contemporary Egypt as a battle between Islamists and secular forces, The Egyptians illuminates other, equally important fault lines: far-flung communities waging war against transnational corporations, men and women fighting to subvert long-established gender norms, and workers dramatically seizing control of their own factories.

Putting the Egyptian revolution in its proper context as an ongoing popular struggle against state authority and economic exclusion, The Egyptians explains why the events of the past five years have proved so threatening to elites both inside Egypt and abroad. As Egypt's rulers seek to eliminate all forms of dissent, seeded within the rebellious politics of Egypt's young generation are big ideas about democracy, sovereignty, social justice, and resistance that could yet change the world.
Publisher: New York : The New Press, 2016
ISBN: 9781620972557
Characteristics: 538 pages : maps ; 25 cm


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Oct 31, 2016

Greatly look forward to reading something actually intelligent and honest on recent events in Egypt. [Remember, please, that President Obama dispatched Frank Wisner, Jr. - - career CIA type, son of a founding member of the CIA, and presently with a British private intel firm founded by a former MI6 director - - to Egypt when their Arab Spring was supposedly taking place, and Wisner publicly announced that Mubarak wasn't a dictator and should remain in power. Supposedly, the Obama Administration // distanced themselves \\ from that announcement, but Frank Wisner, Jr., together with John Negroponte, had previously helped elect France's rightwing Sarkozy the first time around {by establishing the Franco-American Foundation and creating a false scandal about Sarkozy's political opponent - - sound familiar???}.]


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