The Egyptians: A Radical History of Egypt's Unfinished Revolution

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$32.50  $30.23
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New Press
Publish Date
Pages
544
Dimensions
6.1 X 9.4 X 1.7 inches | 2.0 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
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9781620972557

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About the Author

Jack Shenker is a journalist based in London and Cairo. Formerly Egypt correspondent for The Guardian, he received multiple prizes for his coverage of the Egyptian revolution. This is his first book.

Reviews

"I started reading this and couldn t stop. It s a remarkable piece of work, and very revealing. A stirring rendition of a people s revolution as the popular forces that Shenker vividly depicts carry forward their many and varied struggles, with radical potential that extends far beyond Egypt."
Noam Chomsky
"Shenker s book understands the Egyptian Spring, and the counter-strikes against it, as a deeper social process that, far from being over, will continue driving revolutionary upheaval in the years to come. He reframes political events as the products of social and technological change. And, above all, he refuses to give up hope. This is the deepest and most comprehensive account of Egypt s revolution in the English language, and it will set the agenda for debate throughout the Arab world."
Paul Mason, author of "PostCapitalism"
"Jack Shenker cuts through the complacent cliches and self-flattering illusions of foreign correspondents and experts to produce an intimate and comprehensive portrait of contemporary Egypt, which is as historically informed as it is politically shrewd."
Pankaj Mishra, author of "From the Ruins of Empire"
"Essential reading for those who want to go beyond the conventional wisdom and understand the real causes of upheaval in the Arab world."
Lindsey Hilsum, author of "Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution"
"This superbly written book documents the great victories and terrible setbacks of a people thirsting for democracy and social justice. A courageous writer who gives voice to the hopes and fears of the people of Egypt."
Owen Jones
"Shenker is one of the best observers of the current scene in Egypt."
Khaled Fahmy, professor of history at the American University in Cairo
"
Carefully researched and passionately argued"The Egyptians" is not just about the revolution, it is an act within it; making its case, documenting its achievements and tragedies, pushing forward its narrative. It celebrates the collective and enacts it in its co-operation with texts and witnesses.
"The Guardian"
"I started reading this and couldn t stop. It s a remarkable piece of work, and very revealing. A stirring rendition of a people s revolution as the popular forces that Shenker vividly depicts carry forward their many and varied struggles, with radical potential that extends far beyond Egypt."
Noam Chomsky
"Intimate and comprehensive."
Pankaj Mishra, author of "From the Ruins of Empire"
"The central argument of this meticulous, carefully researched and passionately argued book is that the battle in Egypt, as in almost every other place in the world, is between a dominant global neoliberal capitalist system and the people whose lives and livelihoods it is destroying. . . . The Egyptians is not just about the revolution, it is an act within it; making its case, documenting its achievements and tragedies, pushing forward its narrative. It celebrates the collective and enacts it in its co-operation with texts and witnesses."
Ahdaf Soueif, author of "The Map of Love"
"This is the deepest and most comprehensive account of Egypt s revolution in the English language, and it will set the agenda for debate throughout the Arab world."
Paul Mason, author of "Postcapitalism"
"Essential reading for those who want to go beyond the conventional wisdom and understand the real causes of upheaval in the Arab world."
Lindsey Hilsum, author of "Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution"
"This superbly written book documents the great victoriesand terrible setbacksof a people thirsting for democracy and social justice. A courageous writer who gives voice to the hopes and fears of the people of Egypt."
Owen Jones
"Shenker is one of the best observers of the current scene in Egypt."
Khaled Fahmy, professor of history at the American University in Cairo
"
"A troubling yet highly engaging catch-up on the state of incomplete revolution in Egypt. "
Kirkus Reviews (starred)
Carefully researched and passionately arguedThe Egyptians is not just about the revolution, it is an act within it; making its case, documenting its achievements and tragedies, pushing forward its narrative. It celebrates the collective and enacts it in its co-operation with texts and witnesses.
The Guardian
"I started reading this and couldn t stop. It s a remarkable piece of work, and very revealing. A stirring rendition of a people s revolution as the popular forces that Shenker vividly depicts carry forward their many and varied struggles, with radical potential that extends far beyond Egypt."
Noam Chomsky
"Intimate and comprehensive."
Pankaj Mishra, author of From the Ruins of Empire
"The central argument of this meticulous, carefully researched and passionately argued book is that the battle in Egypt, as in almost every other place in the world, is between a dominant global neoliberal capitalist system and the people whose lives and livelihoods it is destroying. . . . The Egyptians is not just about the revolution, it is an act within it; making its case, documenting its achievements and tragedies, pushing forward its narrative. It celebrates the collective and enacts it in its co-operation with texts and witnesses."
Ahdaf Soueif, author of The Map of Love
"This is the deepest and most comprehensive account of Egypt s revolution in the English language, and it will set the agenda for debate throughout the Arab world."
Paul Mason, author of Postcapitalism
"Essential reading for those who want to go beyond the conventional wisdom and understand the real causes of upheaval in the Arab world."
Lindsey Hilsum, author of Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution
"This superbly written book documents the great victoriesand terrible setbacksof a people thirsting for democracy and social justice. A courageous writer who gives voice to the hopes and fears of the people of Egypt."
Owen Jones
"Shenker is one of the best observers of the current scene in Egypt."
Khaled Fahmy, professor of history at the American University in Cairo
"
Praise for The Egyptians
Jack Shenker s The Egyptians [is] a sweeping look at the long trajectory of popular mobilization, local battles and political conflict, transcending the travails of the Jan. 25, 2011, revolution and the July 3, 2013, military coup. His deeply sympathetic look at the long struggles of ordinary Egyptians, outside of the spotlight of Cairo s activist class, gives substance to the view that the military coup cannot long suppress the restless energy of Egyptians.
The Washington Post
Shenker is a vivid writer.
The Nation
"A troubling yet highly engaging catch-up on the state of incomplete revolution in Egypt. "
Kirkus Reviews (starred)
Carefully researched and passionately arguedThe Egyptians is not just about the revolution, it is an act within it; making its case, documenting its achievements and tragedies, pushing forward its narrative. It celebrates the collective and enacts it in its co-operation with texts and witnesses.
The Guardian
"I started reading this and couldn t stop. It s a remarkable piece of work, and very revealing. A stirring rendition of a people s revolution as the popular forces that Shenker vividly depicts carry forward their many and varied struggles, with radical potential that extends far beyond Egypt."
Noam Chomsky
"Intimate and comprehensive."
Pankaj Mishra, author of From the Ruins of Empire
"The central argument of this meticulous, carefully researched and passionately argued book is that the battle in Egypt, as in almost every other place in the world, is between a dominant global neoliberal capitalist system and the people whose lives and livelihoods it is destroying. . . . The Egyptians is not just about the revolution, it is an act within it; making its case, documenting its achievements and tragedies, pushing forward its narrative. It celebrates the collective and enacts it in its co-operation with texts and witnesses."
Ahdaf Soueif, author of The Map of Love
"This is the deepest and most comprehensive account of Egypt s revolution in the English language, and it will set the agenda for debate throughout the Arab world."
Paul Mason, author of Postcapitalism
"Essential reading for those who want to go beyond the conventional wisdom and understand the real causes of upheaval in the Arab world."
Lindsey Hilsum, author of Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution
"This superbly written book documents the great victoriesand terrible setbacksof a people thirsting for democracy and social justice. A courageous writer who gives voice to the hopes and fears of the people of Egypt."
Owen Jones
"Shenker is one of the best observers of the current scene in Egypt."
Khaled Fahmy, professor of history at the American University in Cairo
"
Praise for The Egyptians
"The Egyptians is...a sparky and resolutely cliche-free look at the struggle for democracy in 21st century Egypt.
The Observer, The Best Nonfiction For 2016
"A refreshing account...Mr Shenker evokes despair at the economy of this badly run country, but also surprising hope for its future."
The Economist, Books of the Year 2016
"I started reading this and couldn t stop. It s a remarkable piece of work, and very revealing. A stirring rendition of a people s revolution as the popular forces that Shenker vividly depicts carry forward their many and varied struggles, with radical potential that extends far beyond Egypt."
Noam Chomsky
"Jack Shenker s The Egyptians [is] a sweeping look at the long trajectory of popular mobilization, local battles and political conflict, transcending the travails of the Jan. 25, 2011, revolution and the July 3, 2013, military coup. His deeply sympathetic look at the long struggles of ordinary Egyptians, outside of the spotlight of Cairo s activist class, gives substance to the view that the military coup cannot long suppress the restless energy of Egyptians."
The Washington Post
"Shenker is a vivid writer."
The Nation
"A troubling yet highly engaging catch-up on the state of incomplete revolution in Egypt. "
Kirkus Reviews (starred)
Truly astonishing...painstakingly researched, moving, engaging and engaged, the most articulate and comprehensive account of the revolution I have read to date...The Egyptians is a must read for anyone who wants to understand how and why Egypt's revolution happened and why it continues.
Open Democracy
Jack Shenker pulls no punches in his examination of the post-Nasser Egyptian establishment and its venal and murderous ways...It is stirring stuff, compellingly reported and powered by a tenacious empathy for the underdog in a country where the rich have taken - in many cases plundered - almost everything from under the noses of the poor
Sunday Times
Shenker has written what amounts to a contemporary history of injusticeShenker is a sensitive interlocutor, and the people-stories he relates comprise a stirring mise en valeur of a struggle for human dignity of unsung depth and dimension.
Times Literary Supplement
Inspirational...[Shenker's] analysis is acutely clear-sighted, given the chaos of recent events. The book mixes a hawk's eye view of the forces of global capitalism as applied to Egypt with a vivid worm's eye view of what it is like to be caught up in a revolution. This is a passionate book, but not an unbalanced one...it tells stories that need to be told, and which have been widely ignored.
Independent
"Intimate and comprehensive."
Pankaj Mishra, author of From the Ruins of Empire
"The central argument of this meticulous, carefully researched and passionately argued book is that the battle in Egypt, as in almost every other place in the world, is between a dominant global neoliberal capitalist system and the people whose lives and livelihoods it is destroying. . . . The Egyptians is not just about the revolution, it is an act within it; making its case, documenting its achievements and tragedies, pushing forward its narrative. It celebrates the collective and enacts it in its co-operation with texts and witnesses."
Ahdaf Soueif, author of The Map of Love
"This is the deepest and most comprehensive account of Egypt s revolution in the English language, and it will set the agenda for debate throughout the Arab world."
Paul Mason, author of Postcapitalism
"Essential reading for those who want to go beyond the conventional wisdom and understand the real causes of upheaval in the Arab world."
Lindsey Hilsum, author of Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution
"This superbly written book documents the great victoriesand terrible setbacksof a people thirsting for democracy and social justice. A courageous writer who gives voice to the hopes and fears of the people of Egypt."
Owen Jones
"Shenker is one of the best observers of the current scene in Egypt."
Khaled Fahmy, professor of history at the American University
"
Praise for The Egyptians
"His [Jack Shenker's] understanding of Egypt and its people is visceral as well as intellectual."
—The Christian Science Monitor

"A brilliant critic and activist journalist explores the democratic motives behind Egyptians' overthrow of their government in 2011."
—Shelf Awareness

"The Egyptians is...a sparky and resolutely cliche-free look at the struggle for democracy in 21st century Egypt.
--The Observer, The Best Nonfiction For 2016

"A refreshing account...Mr Shenker evokes despair at the economy of this badly run country, but also surprising hope for its future."
--The Economist, Books of the Year 2016

"I started reading this and couldn't stop. It's a remarkable piece of work, and very revealing. A stirring rendition of a people's revolution as the popular forces that Shenker vividly depicts carry forward their many and varied struggles, with radical potential that extends far beyond Egypt."
--Noam Chomsky

"Jack Shenker's The Egyptians [is] a sweeping look at the long trajectory of popular mobilization, local battles and political conflict, transcending the travails of the Jan. 25, 2011, revolution and the July 3, 2013, military coup. His deeply sympathetic look at the long struggles of ordinary Egyptians, outside of the spotlight of Cairo's activist class, gives substance to the view that the military coup cannot long suppress the restless energy of Egyptians."
--The Washington Post

"Shenker is a vivid writer."
--The Nation

"A troubling yet highly engaging catch-up on the state of incomplete revolution in Egypt. "
--Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"Truly astonishing...painstakingly researched, moving, engaging and engaged, the most articulate and comprehensive account of the revolution I have read to date...The Egyptians is a must read for anyone who wants to understand how and why Egypt's revolution happened - and why it continues."
--Open Democracy

"Jack Shenker pulls no punches in his examination of the post-Nasser Egyptian establishment and its venal and murderous ways...It is stirring stuff, compellingly reported and powered by a tenacious empathy for the underdog in a country where the rich have taken - in many cases plundered - almost everything from under the noses of the poor..."
--Sunday Times

"Shenker has written what amounts to a contemporary history of injustice...Shenker is a sensitive interlocutor, and the people-stories he relates comprise a stirring mise en valeur of a struggle for human dignity of unsung depth and dimension."
--Times Literary Supplement

"Inspirational...[Shenker's] analysis is acutely clear-sighted, given the chaos of recent events. The book mixes a hawk's eye view of the forces of global capitalism as applied to Egypt with a vivid worm's eye view of what it is like to be caught up in a revolution. This is a passionate book, but not an unbalanced one...it tells stories that need to be told, and which have been widely ignored."
--Independent

"Intimate and comprehensive."
--Pankaj Mishra, author of From the Ruins of Empire

"The central argument of this meticulous, carefully researched and passionately argued book is that the battle in Egypt, as in almost every other place in the world, is between a dominant global neoliberal capitalist system and the people whose lives and livelihoods it is destroying. . . . The Egyptians is not just about the revolution, it is an act within it; making its case, documenting its achievements and tragedies, pushing forward its narrative. It celebrates the collective and enacts it in its co-operation with texts and witnesses."
--Ahdaf Soueif, author of The Map of Love

"This is the deepest and most comprehensive account of Egypt's revolution in the English language, and it will set the agenda for debate throughout the Arab world."
--Paul Mason, author of Postcapitalism

"Essential reading for those who want to go beyond the conventional wisdom and understand the real causes of upheaval in the Arab world."
--Lindsey Hilsum, author of Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution

"This superbly written book documents the great victories--and terrible setbacks--of a people thirsting for democracy and social justice. A courageous writer who gives voice to the hopes and fears of the people of Egypt."
--Owen Jones

"Shenker is one of the best observers of the current scene in Egypt."
--Khaled Fahmy, professor of history at the American University

Praise for The Egyptians
A Kirkus Best Book of 2017

"His [Jack Shenker's] understanding of Egypt and its people is visceral as well as intellectual."
--The Christian Science Monitor

"A brilliant critic and activist journalist explores the democratic motives behind Egyptians' overthrow of their government in 2011."
--Shelf Awareness

"The Egyptians is...a sparky and resolutely cliche-free look at the struggle for democracy in 21st century Egypt.
--The Observer, The Best Nonfiction For 2016

"A refreshing account...Mr Shenker evokes despair at the economy of this badly run country, but also surprising hope for its future."
--The Economist, Books of the Year 2016

"I started reading this and couldn't stop. It's a remarkable piece of work, and very revealing. A stirring rendition of a people's revolution as the popular forces that Shenker vividly depicts carry forward their many and varied struggles, with radical potential that extends far beyond Egypt."
--Noam Chomsky

"Jack Shenker's The Egyptians [is] a sweeping look at the long trajectory of popular mobilization, local battles and political conflict, transcending the travails of the Jan. 25, 2011, revolution and the July 3, 2013, military coup. His deeply sympathetic look at the long struggles of ordinary Egyptians, outside of the spotlight of Cairo's activist class, gives substance to the view that the military coup cannot long suppress the restless energy of Egyptians."
--The Washington Post

"Shenker is a vivid writer."
--The Nation

"A troubling yet highly engaging catch-up on the state of incomplete revolution in Egypt. "
--Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"Truly astonishing...painstakingly researched, moving, engaging and engaged, the most articulate and comprehensive account of the revolution I have read to date...The Egyptians is a must read for anyone who wants to understand how and why Egypt's revolution happened - and why it continues."
--Open Democracy

"Jack Shenker pulls no punches in his examination of the post-Nasser Egyptian establishment and its venal and murderous ways...It is stirring stuff, compellingly reported and powered by a tenacious empathy for the underdog in a country where the rich have taken - in many cases plundered - almost everything from under the noses of the poor..."
--Sunday Times

"Shenker has written what amounts to a contemporary history of injustice...Shenker is a sensitive interlocutor, and the people-stories he relates comprise a stirring mise en valeur of a struggle for human dignity of unsung depth and dimension."
--Times Literary Supplement

"Inspirational...[Shenker's] analysis is acutely clear-sighted, given the chaos of recent events. The book mixes a hawk's eye view of the forces of global capitalism as applied to Egypt with a vivid worm's eye view of what it is like to be caught up in a revolution. This is a passionate book, but not an unbalanced one...it tells stories that need to be told, and which have been widely ignored."
--Independent

"Intimate and comprehensive."
--Pankaj Mishra, author of From the Ruins of Empire

"The central argument of this meticulous, carefully researched and passionately argued book is that the battle in Egypt, as in almost every other place in the world, is between a dominant global neoliberal capitalist system and the people whose lives and livelihoods it is destroying. . . . The Egyptians is not just about the revolution, it is an act within it; making its case, documenting its achievements and tragedies, pushing forward its narrative. It celebrates the collective and enacts it in its co-operation with texts and witnesses."
--Ahdaf Soueif, author of The Map of Love

"This is the deepest and most comprehensive account of Egypt's revolution in the English language, and it will set the agenda for debate throughout the Arab world."
--Paul Mason, author of Postcapitalism

"Essential reading for those who want to go beyond the conventional wisdom and understand the real causes of upheaval in the Arab world."
--Lindsey Hilsum, author of Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution

"This superbly written book documents the great victories--and terrible setbacks--of a people thirsting for democracy and social justice. A courageous writer who gives voice to the hopes and fears of the people of Egypt."
--Owen Jones

"Shenker is one of the best observers of the current scene in Egypt."
--Khaled Fahmy, professor of history at the American University