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Revolution for Dummies

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Publisher's Summary

"The Jon Stewart of the Arabic World" - the creator of The Program, the most popular television show in Egypt's history - chronicles his transformation from heart surgeon to political satirist, and offers crucial insight into the Arab Spring, the Egyptian Revolution, and the turmoil roiling the modern Middle East.

Bassem Youssef's incendiary satirical news program, Al-Bernameg (The Program), chronicled the events of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, and the rise of Mubarak's successor, Mohamed Morsi. Youssef not only captured his nation's dissent, but stamped it with his own brand of humorous political criticism, in which the Egyptian government became the prime laughing stock.

So potent were Youssef's skits, jokes, and commentary, the authoritarian government accused him of insulting the Egyptian presidency and Islam. After a six-hour long police interrogation, Youssef was released. While his case was eventually dismissed, his television show was terminated, and Youssef, fearful for his safety, fled his homeland.

In Revolution for Dummies, Youssef recounts his life and offers hysterical riffs on the hypocrisy, instability, and corruption that has long animated Egyptian politics. From the attempted cover-up of the violent clashes in Tahrir Square to the government's announcement that it had created the world's first "AIDS cure" machine, to the conviction of officials that Youssef was a CIA operative - recruited by Jon Stewart - to bring down the country through sarcasm. There's much more - and it's all insanely true.

Interweaving the dramatic and inspiring stories of the development of his popular television show and his rise as the most contentious funny-man in Egypt, Youssef's humorous, fast-paced takes on dictatorship, revolution, and the unforeseeable destiny of democracy in the modern Middle East offers much needed hope and more than a few healing laughs.

©2017 Bassem Youssef (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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    dwarfbeard Tennessee 03-28-17
    dwarfbeard Tennessee 03-28-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Hilarious Insight From Someone Who Lived It"

    As an American who cheered the Arab Spring, Occupy Wallstreet, and still can't believe what has happened since, I recommend this to my friends on both sides of the aisle. You think it can't happen here? This wonderfully funny man watched it happen once then watched us plant the same seeds here. As right as you think your cause is, listen and heed the warnings that any belief or movement can be twisted to serve those in power who has no desire to give it up.

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    "Wow worth every penny!"

    Wow great book, if you don't learn from history your doomed to repeat it! 2 thumds way up

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    Rachel - Audible New York, NY 10-17-17
    Rachel - Audible New York, NY 10-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The Jon Stewart of the Middle East"

    Bassem Youssef earned the nickname “The Jon Stewart of the Middle East” with his popular satirical news show in Egypt. Political pressure ultimately forced him to flee his country during the Arab Spring, and here he finally tells the whole story with dry, weary humor. The part that blows my mind the MOST is that this man was a freaking HEART SURGEON before the revolution, and he fell into becoming a hugely successful TV news host basically on a whim. Once he got a taste, there was no turning back. Talk about stumbling into your life's calling.

    Youssef's trademark seems to be that he jokes about whatever he wants, totally irregardless of pressure from Egypt's leaders, his bosses, or popular opinion. He sticks to his guns, opinions be damned. It's what made him so successful but was also ultimately his downfall. There are so many moments in his story where you're like "Bassemmmmmm, don't do it." But then he does it, and you're just left in awe of his single-minded commitment to forbidding anyone from interfering with his content.

    I also have a soft spot for stories with close male friendships, and Youssef's real-life friendship with Jon Stewart is very touching. Youssef was a fan first, and you can tell he's still totally starstruck by Stewart, but Stewart became his mentor and ultimately his friend. There's a moment when Youssef flies to Jordan to meet Stewart in a moment of crisis, as Stewart is one of the few people in the world who can possibly understand and counsel him on the more delicate aspects of being a satirical news host. I loved those parts of this book.

    Youssef's voice is totally charming on the audio, and his international perspective is also fascinating, hitting closer to home than you’d expect. His memoir brings the events and fallout of the Arab Spring to life in an accessible way, with a satirist's flair. This was a great listen.

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    fayrouz 07-24-17
    fayrouz 07-24-17
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    "Well known and largely trusted"

    A great overview of the political life and leadership in Egypt with a well known famous person in Egypt and allArab countries, I really enjoyed it A+

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    Hussain A. 07-21-17
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    "Entertaining and insightful "

    Basseem Youssef takes you on an entertaining and insightful journey into Egyptian politics. along the way he provides an example of how dictatorship establishes itself and the steps that dictators take to stay in control. his own narration makes the experience even better

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    salssaa_girl Los Angeles 07-08-17
    salssaa_girl Los Angeles 07-08-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent!"

    Loved this book! I learned so much and discovered so many parallels between Egyptian politics and American politics. Many lessons to learn! Plus, everything is told in an entertaining way!

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    Sarah Roark 06-26-17
    Sarah Roark 06-26-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Required political-satire reading"

    The "Jon Stewart of Egypt" tells in his own narration the story of how he went from heart surgeon to creator and host of the most-watched show in Egyptian television -- from delighting and scandalizing audiences with pointed barbs hurled at both the Islamist Morsi dictatorship and the military Sisi dictatorship that overthrew it, to struggling to rebuild his and his family's lives in exile, in a United States that is itself turning in the direction of autocracy and kleptocracy.

    This is both a cautionary tale and an inspiration to those who create political commentary and humor, and it is illuminating reading for those who want to know more about the dirty mechanics by which unjust powers maintain themselves.. ...Also, it has some great jokes.

    Highly recommended!

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    Nicole G 05-29-17
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    "hilarious and sobering"

    A fantastic book, I love that the author read it. Both lol funny and scary in its similarity to the current US political climate. A cautionary, but fun take.

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    TAG P. South Carolina, US 05-19-17
    TAG P. South Carolina, US 05-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Interestingly funny"

    Not too bad. Takes a moment to get around the accent. This author has excellent insight, intel, and wisdom. Great info

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    Cyndi Premazon Arlington, TX United States 04-24-17
    Cyndi Premazon Arlington, TX United States 04-24-17
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    "Wonderful book! You have to hear this story!"

    Arab Spring in Egypt from his personal perspective on the inside. Couldn't stop listening! Wow!

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    "Fascinating and hilarious!"

    Read by the man himself, this is the amazing story of a very very brave guy who took a stand for democracy in the face of tyranny and hypocrisy, and it's funny!

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    "Great Read"

    informative, Honest and fun. it left me thinking and left me with a void for more

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