'I started reading this and couldn't stop. It's a remarkable piece of work, and very revealing. A stirring rendition of a people's revolution'- Noam Chomsky
'The deepest and most comprehensive account of Egypt's revolution in the English language' - Paul Mason
Egypt is a nation in turmoil, caught in a cycle of revolution and counter-revolution. In The Egyptians
: A Radical Story, Jack Shenker uncovers the historical roots of today's unrest and reveals a land divided between two irreconcilable political orders: authoritarian power and grassroots resistance. Challenging conventional analyses that focus only on the battle between Islamists and secular forces, he travels the Arab World's most populous country to explore other, far more important fault lines - the communities waging war against transnational corporations, the people subverting long-established gender norms, the workers seizing control of their factories, and the novelists, graffiti artists and back-alley DJs defying their repressive regime.
Showing that the revolution was no isolated episode but rather part of an ongoing struggle against state authority and economic exclusion, Shenker explains why recent events are so threatening to elites both inside Egypt and abroad. While Egyptian rulers seek to eliminate dissent, seeded within the politics of the young generation are forms of democracy, social justice and resistance that could yet change the world. Shenker is one of the best observers of the current scene in Egypt -- Khaled Fahmy, Professor of history at the American University in Cairo Shenker has written what amounts to a contemporary history of injustice... Shenker is a sensitive interlocutor; the stories he relates comprise a stirring mise en valeur of a struggle for human dignity -- Maria Golia * TLS * Riveting and elegantly written... an immense and humane portrait of the trials and aspirations of the Egyptian people - -- Gerald Butt * Literary Review * Inspirational... [Shenker's] analysis is acutely clear-sighted, given the chaos of recent events. The book mixes a hawk's eye view of the forces of global capitalism as applied to Egypt with a vivid worm's eye view of what it is like to be caught up in a revolution. This is a passionate book, but not an unbalanced one... it tells stories that need to be told, and which have been widely ignored -- George Arney * Independent * Jack Shenker cuts through the complacent cliches and self-flattering illusions of foreign correspondents and experts to produce an intimate and comprehensive portrait of