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Posted July 13, 2012
I picked this book up in the local B & N, having read anothe
I picked this book up in the local B & N, having read another book by the author and being interested in the topic. It's hard to exaggerate how great this book is. Written in a q & a format and conversational style, the author discusses what all the uprisings have in common, how they differ, why they occurred, their possible effects on the world, and how to look at them. He is funny (one of his questions is "Was Qaddafi crazy, or crazy like a fox?) and, at times, touching (just read his dedication or the story of the Syrian boy Hamza al-Khatib). While he teaches at UCLA, he does not talk down to the reader, nor does he oversell or undersell the revolts. For Gelvin, it was not all about social networking young people and peaceful resistance, but it was not about Islamic wolves in sheep's clothing either. He strikes a balance, unlike many of the breathless media accounts I've read on both sides. Verdict: The best book I have read all year and I strongly recommend it. Five stars.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.