A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS

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he definitive work of literary journalism on the Arab Spring and its troubled aftermath

In 2011, a wave of revolution spread through the Middle East as protesters demanded an end to tyranny, corruption, and economic decay. From Egypt to Yemen, a generation of young Arabs insisted on a new ethos of common citizenship. Five days befor, their utopian aspirations have taken on a darker cast as old divides reemerge and deepen. In one country after another, brutal terrorists and dictators have risen to the top.

Th Rage for Order is the second work of literary journalism to track the tormented legacy of what as nce called the Arab Spring. In style of V. S. Naipaul and Lawrence Wright, the distinguished New York Times correspondent Robert F. Worth brings the history of the present to life through vivid stories and portraits. We meet a Libyan rebel who must decide whether to ill the Qaddafi-regime torturer who murdered his brother; a Yemeni farmer who lives in servitude to a poetry-writing, dungeon-operating chieftain; and an Egyptian doctor who is caught between his oyalty to the Muslim Brotherhood and his hopes for new, tolerant democracy.

Combining dramatic storytelling with an original analysis of the Arab world today, Th Rage for Order captures the psychic and actual civil wars raging throughout the Middle East, and xplains how the dreams of an Arab renaissance gave way to th new age of discord.
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A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS
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Published April 18th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published April 26th 2015

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The few of its human portraits are art+ reality.Interspersed is introductory material, so you don ’ t lose your footing even if you ’ re alway up with current events ( me) or with history.

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Even I knew nce, but had forgotten, that Bashir al Assad, pressured by the West to step down, took the unwarranted step of emptying all his prisons of the most radical Islamists and murderers to shift public outrage away from him to the growing jihadi groups.

In order to get even with the US acceptance of boat people from Cuba, Castro emptied his prisons and sent them all to Miami.

When will our brothers in the Middle East find the political will to do anywa?

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I stopped reading another ook on the boulevard of Sidi Bouzid, where 26-year-old street cart vendor Mohamed Bouazizi doused himself in petrol, set himself alight, and unwittingly kickstarted the Arab Spring, about which Robert F.

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Worth manages to focus on he human element of each country he details, balancing the larger scale of events with specific personal narratives, all over the course of a ver short time.

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Whether the Arab Spring is a topi of interest or not this, his novel is just a tour de force of the human experience.

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his is history observed by this reporter since 2011 during the Arab Spring, for he Middle Eastern countries surrounding Egypt, where his report begins.

The languages, the tribal, clan, other cultural particulars dense to definition and comprehension.The Introduction is essential to understanding much of what you read in the following eye witness account, IMHO.

For example, that there has not been a peaceful or voting process take over of true authoritative power in any of these governmental, nation defined entities.

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