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

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

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

“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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547774046
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 01/17/2012
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 898,055
File size: 3 MB

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.