The Battle for Egypt

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New York Review of Books, May 17, 2011 - Political Science - 69 pages
In a series of riveting dispatches, Cairo native Yasmine El Rashidi provides an eyewitness account of the entire 2011 Egyptian Revolution as it unfolded, from its origins in the days leading up to the first January 25 protest in Tahrir Square through the violent confrontations with the regime and the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, to the subsequent military takeover and the March 2011 constitutional referendum. Drawing on her deep knowledge of the Egyptian capital and its underlying social divisions, El Rashidi brings together a vivid story of the uprising itself with subtle insights about the strengths—and limits—of the protest movement and the prospects for large-scale political change in the September 2011 parliamentary elections. With a preface by the Oxford scholar of revolutions Timothy Garton Ash.

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PREFACEbyTimothy Garton

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Yasmine El Rashidi, a former Middle East correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, has written for The Washington Post, Newsday, Ms, Bidoun, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Monocle, among other publications.

Timothy Garton Ash is Professor of European Studies and Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford.  He is the author of many books, including The Magic Lantern, an eyewitness account of
the velvet revolutions of 1989.

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