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Revolution for Dummies

Laughing through the Arab Spring

by Bassem Youssef

On Sale: 12/12/2017

Price: $15.99

Revolution for Dummies

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Revolution for Dummies

Laughing through the Arab Spring

by Bassem Youssef

On Sale: 12/12/2017

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Price: $15.99

About the Book

As Albernameg chronicled the events of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, and the rise of Mohamed Morsi, Youssef captured his nation's dissent and stamped it with his own brand of political criticism. Accused of insulting the Egyptian presidency and Islam, Youssef fled his homeland--fearful for his safety even after the charges were dismissed.

In Revolution for Dummies, Youssef riffs on the hypocrisy and instability of Egyptian politics: everything from how to government tried to cover up the violent clashes in Tahrir Square to the military's announcement that they had created the world's first AIDS machine that could cure anyone of the disease.

Youssefs most recent project is Democracy Handbook, a ten-part series exploring topics of democracy on Fusion.net. He is also a visiting scholar at the Center of Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University.

Critical Praise

“Hilarious and Heartbreaking. Comedy shouldn’t take courage, but it made an exception for Bassem.” - Jon Stewart

“A smart, refreshing and hilariously funny account.” - Salon.com

“An entertaining and eminently readable book about a Middle Eastern country written for Americans. If you have been bluffing your way through political conversations pretending to know the differences between Islamists and secular Muslims, Youssef’s book is an easy, painless way to rectify that error.” - The Ringer

If you want to understand the Arab Spring-even though it was really the African Spring, set off by a ‘small puny motherfucking country called Tunisia’-then this odd book is just the guide. - Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062446909
  • ISBN 10: 0062446908
  • Imprint: Dey Street Books
  • On Sale: 12/12/2017
  • Trimsize: 5.313 in (w) x 8.000 in (h) x 0.685 in (d)
  • Pages: 304
  • List Price: $15.99
  • BISAC1: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • BISAC2: HISTORY / Middle East / Egypt (see also Ancient / Egypt)
  • BISAC3: POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Middle Eastern