Revolution 2.0: The Power of the People Is Greater than the People in Power

Revolution 2.0: The Power of the People Is Greater than the People in Power

by Wael Ghonim
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Revolution 2.0: The Power of the People Is Greater than the People in Power by Wael Ghonim

The revolutions that swept the Middle East in 2011 surprised and captivated the world. Brutal regimes that had been in power for decades were overturned by an irrepressible mass of freedom seekers. Now, one of the figures who emerged during the Egyptian uprising tells the riveting inside story of what happened and shares the keys to unleashing the power of crowds.

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.

The youth of Egypt made history: they used social media to schedule a revolution. The call went out to more than a million Egyptians online, and on January 25, 2011, Cairo’s 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.
    
The lessons Ghonim draws will inspire each of us. He saw the road to Tahrir Square built not by any one person, but by the people. In Revolution 2.0, we can all be heroes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547773988
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 01/17/2012
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,315,689
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author


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 a non-resident senior fellow at Harvard's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

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Revolution 2.0: A Memoir and Call to Action 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
as someone who followed the revolution in Egypt i was eager to read this book. While I enjoyed the story it was not an easy read. Ghomin is trained in tech an marketing-- not writing, and the acknowledgemnts he mentions he was given very little time to write the book. All very apparent in the book. Ghomin adamantly attempts to downplay his role which makes him seem insecure in some cases and ingenuine in others. I do recommend this book for the historical importance, but be forwarned it is a gruelling read.