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:Politics
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...
  • Colin
    Jan 11, 2019
    Revolution has been on my mind a lot lately, what with the shit pie that is American politics at the moment. I had only heard short reports on the radio or watched snippets of what was happening with the Arab spring over the years and knew little more than it came and went and was lost...
  • 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...
  • Jerry
    Jun 04, 2019
    Enjoyable first hand account of the Arab Speing and its aftermath in Egypt. The details and analysis helped me envision a the sit-ins and demonstrations and I felt the emotion of the successes and setbacks of the resignation of Mubarak, the election of Morsi, and the coup d?etat of S...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Abdullah Omar
    Dec 20, 2018
    This book tells the story of how the Egyptian revolution fell apart, how far can prejudice throw away months and months of protests and sacrifices, and how fucked up this world is. This will give you a great account of what happened there and then, but be warned, it is quite depres...
  • Mahmoud Al-Ruweidi
    Feb 24, 2019
    Excellent work. ...
  • 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...
  • Brian
    Dec 18, 2018
    You are there reporting of the revolution and the untidy aftermath. Interesting throughout, but I didn?t learn as much as I?d hoped, except about the conflicting messages from the Obama administration that only added to the confusion. ...
  • Danny
    May 05, 2019
    Kirkpatrick's "Into the Hands of the Soldiers" is his account as the NYT bureau chief in Cairo from 2010-2016. His period of time in Cairo roughly corresponds with the Arab Spring protests that unseated long-time president Hosni Mubarak to the Egyptian Military's reassertion of control...
  • Chris Jaffe
    Mar 30, 2019
    Kirkpatrick spent much of the 2010s serving as a foreign correspondent to Egypt for The New York Times and this has some reflections on the rise and fall of the Arab Spring in that country. (While the title says "Egypt and the Middle East" - it's almost entirely focused on Egypt, which...
  • Cook Memorial Public Library
    Mar 19, 2019
    A 2018 staff favorite recommended by Rob. Check our catalog: https://encore.cooklib.org/iii/encore... ...
  • 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...
  • Nathan Thomas
    Feb 23, 2019
    Highly recommend for anyone interested in Egypt, the failure of the Arab Spring, or the roots of Islamic extremism. David Kirkpatrick presents the story of the revolution with a clarity possible only to someone who witnessed the events the Egyptian Revolution at all levels of power. ...
  • 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...
  • Marian
    Jun 04, 2019
    I liked Loting's review. ...
  • Anthony
    Mar 24, 2019
    I'm trying to understand the middle East a little better and this was a good step in that direction. As a Westerner it was sometimes hard to keep all of the names straight, but this was a very readable, very accessible account of the chaos of the Arab spring, specifically in Egypt. I'v...
  • 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...
  • Amr Hussien
    Jun 14, 2019
    This very book was like soothing light at the end of the tunnel to me. Gained a lot of insights reagrding the Arab spring and the deep state. I can totally say I have a very different point of view right now. ...
  • Brandon
    Apr 20, 2019
    This was an enlightening look into the politics surrounding the Egyptian revolution and subsequent military takeover. Having only loosely paid attention while it was going on, it was shocking to read about the brutality of the government crackdown. Honestly the description of the rabid...
  • Ryan Swartzendruber
    Dec 27, 2018
    A well put together and extensive overview of the Arab Spring in Egypt. Kirkpatrick gives a full, detailed overview of the events from 2011 to 2016 in Egypt as someone who was there living it first hand. My sole critique would be that the book lacks much narrative or storyline. It'...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Jonah
    Jan 27, 2019
    Excellent Book that does a good job of capturing the day-to-day drama of the Arab Spring in Egypt. Although the beginning of the book is a bit cringey (the author admits that he came to Egypt with fairly racist views of Arabs), the book quickly becomes engaging. Three things I think th...
  • Dr Usama
    Feb 20, 2019
    nice book ...