On February 11, 2011 the dog caught the car. Millions jubilantly celebrated Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation. After eighteen days the protestors won.
Now what? They had neither the skills to govern, nor the patience to wage an incremental campaign. Into this power vacuum stepped Mohamed Morsi and his long-shunned Muslim Brotherhood. They were ready, won the election, and then poked the Army hornets’ nest.
Since 2011, Egypt has seen a brutal dictatorship replaced by a brutal theocracy, then by a brutal military dictatorship. In 2018, one could honestly ask: what changed and… was it worth it?
Journalist Denis G. Campbell covered the initial uprising and compiled the tweets and posts of those waging the revolution. In this book he repeats the 18 days and bookends it with the cold reality of the last, (anything but democratic), seven years, as Egyptians today are breathing hope… and fear.