A Rage for Order

A Rage for Order

The Middle East in Turmoil, From Tahrir Square to ISIS

eBook - 2016 | First edition
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0374710716 electronic bk
9780374710712 electronic bk
Branch Call Number: eBOOK 909.097492 WOR
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Sep 13, 2016

A new line was being drawn, with Islamists on one side and their opponents on the other.

Sep 13, 2016

We are facing Saudi funded terrorism, just like you.

Sep 13, 2016

We don't even understand ourselves.

Sep 13, 2016

... the voice of the revolution is higher than the voice of bullets.


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Dec 03, 2016

This book is the story of the Arab Spring told from the perspectives of real people in several different countries: Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Tunisia. Hearing the personal stories of individuals makes it all much more real. The author was there during these uprisings (and the aftermaths), and his descriptions are gripping.

What impressed me most was how disparate groups came together for a common cause in each of these countries, with great joy, almost euphoria. Sadly, it did not last, and struggles for power have deepened the divisions among various sects even more. I am reading everything lately through the lens of what is happening here, and the divisions in our own country that have been fueled by the presidential election campaign. I used to think that the Middle East was perplexing with so many factions hating each other for what seemed to be trivial reasons. Not any more.

The story of the excitement of the revolution in Tahrir Square in Egypt was gripping; it is tragic to see it all fade away in the wake of military power. Civil wars in Syria, Libya and Yemen are heart-breaking.

For me personally, the most compelling story was about the close friendship of two young women in Syria in two different sects. As the situation in Syria escalates, they start to view each other differently, with more suspicion. For a while, their friendship can survive this, but ultimately, the relationship becomes impossible.

There was also a story about a female doctor in Syria who risked her life and profession to give medical assistance to people in the revolution. Frankly, it is all too easy to imagine myself and people I know in these situations. Many of the Syrian refugees feared by some Americans as terrorists are real people like this, who have been driven out of their country by the violence and uproar of civil war.

While there are uplifting parts of this book, there are more discouraging parts. I must admit this is not the most cheerful book! But it is well written, and will give you an idea of what it is like to be a resident of these Middle East countries in these turbulent times.


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