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A Rage for Order Audiobook

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

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The 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 years later 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.

A Rage for Order is the first work of literary journalism to track the tormented legacy of what was once called the Arab Spring. In the 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 kill 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 loyalty to the Muslim Brotherhood and his hopes for a new tolerant democracy.

Combining dramatic storytelling with an original analysis of the Arab world today, A Rage for Order captures the psychic and actual civil wars raging throughout the Middle East and explains how the dream of an Arab renaissance gave way to a new age of discord.

With an introduction read by the author.

©2016 Robert Worth (P)2016 Random House Audio

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    "Captivating storytelling approach to the Arab uprisings and their aftermath"

    Captures the Arab uprisings and their aftermath in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Yemen and Algeria via captivating narratives from individuals directly involved in the events. The author still incorporates some analysis and historical context, but primarily allows the listener / reader to experience life in this tumultuous time via the stories and experiences of people in the center of it all. A thoroughly interesting personal approach that was very well executed.

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    "Best book I've read on the Arab Spring"

    Excellent book for those looking to get a broad yet personal look at the middle east since the the Arab Spring protests. The writer uses incredibly moving stories to demonstrate larger trends in the region. The book focuses on Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Yemen but also has a chapter on Tunisia. The first four chapters of the book are particularly easy to read.

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