Revolution 2.0 by Wael Ghonim audiobook

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

By Wael Ghonim
Read by Sean Runnette

Blackstone Publishing 9780547773988

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781455152889

  • ISBN: 9781455152872

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  • ISBN: 9781455152919

Runtime: 11.88 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

The revolutions sweeping the Middle East in 2011 were unlike any the world had ever seen. Brutal regimes that had been in power for many decades were suddenly swarmed by unstoppable mobs of freedom seekers. Now, one of the key figures behind the Egyptian uprising tells the riveting inside story of what happened and presents lessons for all of us on how to unleash the power of crowds. 

Wael Ghonim was a little-known thirty-year-old Google executive in the fall of 2010 when he anonymously launched a Facebook page to protest the death of an Egyptian man at the hands of security forces. The page’s followers expanded quickly and moved from online protests to nonconfrontational public gatherings. Then, on January 14, 2011, they made history when they announced a revolution. Over 350,000 friends clamored to join. On January 25, as the revolution began in earnest, Ghonim was captured and held for twelve days of brutal interrogation—and when he emerged and gave a speech on national television, the protests grew even more intense. Four days later, Mubarak was gone. 

The lessons Ghonim draws will inspire each of us: Forget the past. Don’t plan ahead. Let the crowd make its own decisions. Welcome to Revolution 2.0.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A] fast-paced and engrossing new memoir of political awakening…Ghonim’s memoir is a welcome and cleareyed addition to a growing list of volumes that have aimed (but often failed) to meaningfully analyze social media’s impact. It’s a book about social media for people who don’t think they care about social media. It will also serve as a touchstone for future testimonials about a strengthening borderless digital movement that is set to continually disrupt powerful institutions, be they corporate enterprises or political regimes…Ghonim’s writing voice is spare and measured, and marked by the same earnest humility he has displayed in media appearances.” New York Times Book Review
“Deserve[s] to become part of the canon of classic prison literature.” Washington Post
“A gripping chronicle of how a fear-frozen society finally topples its oppressors with the help of social media.” San Francisco Chronicle
“There’s no doubting that his tell-it-like-it-is memoir will be studied by historians for generations to come.” Bloomberg
“There is an energy in the book and in Ghonim’s words that makes one feel it is much too soon to assume the revolution is over, or to underestimate what the rebels achieved.” Philadelphia Inquirer
“Revolution 2.0…is likely to be required reading for web geeks, media experts, political scientists, advertising executives, activists, anarchists, confidence men, secret policemen, dictators and corporate strategists.” Telegraph (London)
“Ghonim…brings his broad international perspective and knowledge of technology to this fascinating look at the new face of revolution.” Booklist
“A remarkable personal testament that will be cited by future historians of both Facebook and the Arab Spring.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Wael Ghonim

Author Bio: Wael Ghonim

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 on sabbatical from Google to launch a nongovernmental organization supporting education and technology in Egypt.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD, Playaway
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 11.88
Audience: Adult
Language: English