Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East

Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East

A candid narrative of how and why the Arab Spring sparked, then failed, and the truth about America's role in that failure and the subsequent military coup that put Sisi in power--from the Middle East correspondent of the New York Times. In 2011, Egyptians of all sects, ages, and social classes shook off millennia of autocracy, then elected a Muslim Brother as president. Th A candid narrative of how and why the Arab Spring sparked, then failed, and the truth about America's role in that fa...

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Title:Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East
Author:David D. Kirkpatrick
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Genres:History
ISBN:073522062X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East Reviews

  • Jamie
    Sep 23, 2018
    Excellent primer/refresher on the Egypt revolution. ...
  • Michael
    Nov 11, 2018
    I spent about eight months in 2008 working in Cairo. I would not say I got to know the country very well, or many Egyptians - my background is in Russian studies, not Middle East studies, but someone thought I could do the work thanks to some more generic international skills I have (o...
  • Ross
    Nov 11, 2018
    This is an excellent 4 star reporting effort by a NY Times reporter in Egypt relating the history of the last 20 years and the despicable culture of the Egyptian people and especially their military and police. The history itself is so sad to read that I can only give the book as a wh...
  • Ann
    Oct 27, 2018
    Written by a NY Times reporter who was living in Cairo during the entire time covered, from the Tahrir Square protests to the present day dictatorship of Sisi, this is a sad tale of Middle East politics, and the fact that all of the countries there seem to be far away from democracy. A...
  • K C
    Nov 05, 2018
    Excellent review of the last 7 years in Egypt. Really scary how atrocious Sisi's regime is. I understand the need for stability in Egypt but Kirkpatrick's description of the coup and crackdown afterwards is horrific, made moreso by the support Sisi got not only from the international c...
  • Amr Soliman
    Aug 16, 2018
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  • Sophia
    Nov 11, 2018
    This is a very important book, a must read for anyone with even the slightest interest in Egypt, especially the story of the revolution and current events. Nothing in it surprised me but it gets very in depth. It's easy to read and kept me page turning - hard to put it down. It is brut...
  • A.J.
    Oct 27, 2018
    "We did not want ot believe it was a coup. We thought we would have another chance. We overestimated our power. We hated the Brothers so much. We were brainwashed by the media. The defeat is so heavy , you don;t want to be accountable. It is difficult to imagine that you have something...
  • Loring Wirbel
    Sep 05, 2018
    Since this book clearly was a personal narrative rather than a footnoted historical work, several dangers related to the Western journalist's narrative perspective were apparent. Kirkpatrick, while a talented domestic New York Times correspondent, was a neophyte to foreign reporting in...
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    Oct 07, 2018
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    Oct 26, 2018
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  • Murtaza
    Aug 21, 2018
    The 2011 Egyptian Revolution was probably the most captivating political spectacle of a generation. Seven years later, after watching the revolution rise, try to steady itself and then collapse in the face of a brutal counterrevolution, David Kirkpatrick has written what is perhaps the...
  • Ahmed Alfakharany
    Sep 02, 2018
    A true tale from an outsider?s perspective I could rarely find any text (in any form) that presented a true, unbiased, and professional encounter of the tragic events that happened in Egypt from late 2010 till early 2018. This is one of the few titles that did this. It did it wel...
  • Chris Reath
    Oct 24, 2018
    Completely mind-altering ...
  • Frank Reath
    Nov 15, 2018
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  • Brian Illari
    Oct 16, 2018
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    Oct 07, 2018
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  • Abdullah Mahrous
    Dec 09, 2018
    Great book. ...
  • Ina Cawl
    Aug 10, 2018
    one of the sad truth in this book is that even Islamist who believed in democracy were failed by the West, and it only strengthened ISIS point view that through explicit violence not demonstration that you will able to take control of your country another book which made me disillusio...
  • محمد الشرنوبي
    Nov 27, 2018
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    Dec 09, 2018
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  • Sami
    Sep 11, 2018
    A very well written and comprehensive book. There has been many books about this period but this is the only one that covers how surprised and unprepared the US has been and how divided the Obama administration was, about how to deal with every development. It also covered a lot of bla...
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    Aug 20, 2018
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  • Abderrahim El Moulat
    Sep 25, 2018
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    Oct 05, 2018
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  • Moataman Daader
    Oct 06, 2018
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  • Tricia Kennedy
    Oct 08, 2018
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  • DJ Cheek
    Sep 11, 2018
    An excellent explanation of the tumult that engulfed Egypt from 2011 - the present. Written as a series of dispatches dealing with crucial events or key stakeholders, Kirkpatrick illustrates the high drama of the Arab Spring and the aftermath. ...
  • Loai
    Aug 23, 2018
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  • Eric
    Aug 26, 2018
    Excellent! If you want to know what i was like to be in Egypt during the January 25, 2011 Revolution - why the Arab Spring fizzled and why it matters this is the book for you. ...