In this video, I ask Denis about his background as an author and journalist, and about his other works throughout the years.
While Denis is a marketing and business consultant by day, his passion is journalism and writing timeline books, like Breathing Hope and Fear and Donald Trump: Deplorable Bully. A long-time activist, when he moved to the Netherlands in 1998, he began writing features for the financial paper Het Financieele Dagblad. The rest, as they say, is history.
An extract from Breathing Hope and Fear
I fear for my many journalist friends, their families, Ahmed’s nephew and the thousands whom remain imprisoned. I mourn for the families of those who were summarily executed by the Mubarak and el-Sisi regimes.
We were filled with such hope in 2011. When the impossible was made possible and hope was more than just a word.
Now it will take a new generation of people feeling oppressed to rise up again like this group of pioneers and martyrs did in 2011. Never forget them. Never let them forget what they accomplished. Tell their stories over and over and over again to remind them. Just as Americans speak in reverence of Lexington and Concord. You are seven years in of a battle that will outlive many of us, but still must be fought.
As Dr. King reminded us all in August of 1967:
The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
It is always darkest before the dawn and right now Egypt, (and some would say the United States), are in periods of great darkness under brutal leaders. Progress is always two steps forward and one step back. Sometimes you take many steps back, but you keep moving forward for the next generation.Buy Denis’ book in ebook and print formats from your preferred retailer: https://geni.us/breathing
Egyptian Revolution 10th Anniversary Series with Denis G. Campbell
In this tenth-anniversary video series, I sit down with Denis G. Campbell, author of Breathing Hope and Fear: Egypt Since 2011, to discuss what led up to the 25 January Revolution, what the key moments were during it, why it failed, and the learnings we can take from it. I also ask him directly about his book: why write about Egypt, and why use the innovative tweet-based style he did? Posting every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday until the 26th – and, of course, on 25 January itself – I attach a relevant excerpt from Breathing Hope and Fear.
- What Caused the Egyptian Revolution of 2011?
- Why Did the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 Ultimately Fail?
- Why Write About Egypt?
- Why Did You Structure Your Book Like This?
- What Has Changed in Egypt Since 2018?
- What Has Changed in Egypt Since 2011?
- What Is the Most Memorable Moment of the 2011 Revolution?
- How Did You Come to Be Personally Involved in the Egyptian Revolution of 2011?
- Do You Have Any Other Works?
- One Key Takeaway for Westerners
- Could Another Egyptian Revolution Happen Soon?
About the author
Denis has provided Americas, Middle East and business commentary to global television networks (BBC, ITV, Al Jazeera, CNN, MSNBC), radio (BBC, China International Radio) and various magazines and newspapers for the last 14 years. An American/British journalist and author, he is based in Wales. Denis was significantly involved in covering the 25 January Egyptian Revolution at the time.