Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring


  • ebook
  • 304 pages
  • Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring
  • Bassem Youssef
  • 11 March 2016
  • 9780062446916

10 thoughts on “Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring

  1. Richard Richard says:

    I must confess that I won Revolution for Dummies Laughing Through the Arab Spring in a Goodreads Giveaway and it is not a book that I ever would have purchased Such wonderful serendipity that this terrific work came my way Like most Americans my knowledge of events in modern Egypt could be written on the head of a pin with room left over for the Gettysburg Address Bassem Youssef uite possibly the world's most unlikely television star shines an unwavering light on his homeland's recent events and his role in them And what events they are He describes a veritable festival of murder terror betrayal political incompetence religious intolerance willful ignorance avarice and many other hallmarks of general political and societal collapse Although he writes as a satirist and not as an academic of any description his unflinching eye and keen intellect bring the Egyptian Revolution and it's aftermath into sharp focus and his injection of humor does little to mitigate the horror of it all A very surprising and uite disturbing facet of this narrative is the appalling parallels between the methods of operation employed by the corrupt and incompetent Egyptian government and the present American leadership as piloted by Donald Trump Bold faced and patently absurd lies buttressed and defended by yet comically infantile lies both willful and unintentional ignorance of reality and pertinent facts the creation and presentation of Bogey Men as the public's real enemies to draw attention away from their utter lack of competence as leaders and many other blood curdling similarities are starkly apparent This is a far interesting and important work than it's rather silly title would suggest Initially it's seems simply to chronicle the tragic political collapse of Egypt but it ultimately serves as a warning to humanity of how easily a country can slip into chaos if incompetent leadership is allowed to proliferate unchecked


  2. James Kimmet James Kimmet says:

    WowSeveral years ago I came back from Afghanistan with a narrow view of Muslims I got home and the lone wolf killings began I spouted some of the same vitriol that Trump people use today As the years passed and I started to remember in my blind rage that I had Muslim friends I am an American and how can I justify stereotyping? took affect But I couldn't name my confusionI saw Bassem Youssef for the first time on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart This was in my rage phase I was confused He was nothing like I expected or had experiencedit got me thinking even harderThis book did it for me And early He gave focus and clarity to my confusion and named it Muslim vs Islamist And I laughed the whole time In spite of it being terribly depressing I have read all the wonky books and rarely read a book like this but this is the best depiction description and clarifying read I have had on the subject Probably because it was as if we were having a conversation instead of a lectureWould any of us be strong enough to be this guy? I hope so but I also know we won't have to find out We're lucky and very lucky that Dr Youssef got here with his family before we banned Muslims We are better for it At least we can change things for real every four years We take that for grantedThank you Dr Youssef


  3. Erin Erin says:

    Although there are moments that I found myself laughing like all satirical comedy it's the truths in between that really made me sit up and pay attention Referred to as the Egyptian Jon Stewart Bassem Youssef takes Western readers into the heart of the events around the Arab Spring Not what our Western media tells us happened but what actually transpired and what it all means for Egyptians I am glad that I gave this book a chance Definitely recommend


  4. Malia Malia says:

    The textbook of fear is the same everywhereBassem Youssef has a uniue voice and a great way of telling a serious important story without being horribly depressing He is a comedian and uses his wit and intelligence to explain how his life in Egypt changed with the Arab Spring and ensuing troubles As someone who has always had a particular interest in Egypt this was a truly gripping eye opening read I would highly recommend it to anyone trying to better understand the conflicts and history of this countryFind reviews and bookish fun at


  5. Amanda Mae Amanda Mae says:

    I enjoyed this entertaining and surprisingly heart felt look at the Arab Spring in Egypt from the top satirist from that country rightly compared to Jon Stewart We trace his career as a heart surgeon to a comedian hosting the most popular Egyptian television show I have a pretty limited understanding of Arab politics and the author gives a clear explanation that he says is probably too simplistic but that's not what this book is aiming for He's here to talk about comedy in a oppressive regime and the life and death of his TV show And he delivers Plenty of warnings for our country's current political situation too The chapters are freuently brief so this makes for a great lunchtime read if your time is limited Definitely recommended


  6. Hiba Arrame Hiba Arrame says:

    I thought I was going to read another trashy book by some TV show host but no I did not I surely did not just finish a trashy bookThis is not just a book about Bassem Youssef himself and what he and those close to him had to go through during the Egyptian revolution and after but also a fair retelling of what really happened not a news representation but one that comes from someone who really went through it all and was there to witness what actually happenedThis was all brought in a funny frame trying to maybe let loose some of those knots that form up in us when we're talking about the Arab springI also learned so many things I ignored about Bassem Youssef the heart surgeon who shifted from a medical career to a threat to the oppressive regimes


  7. Mara Mara says:

    The only reason I'm not giving this 5 stars is because I watched Bassem's Tickling Giants documentary before reading this and they both cover a lot of the same ground


  8. Nada Elshabrawy Nada Elshabrawy says:

    I missed Basem’s sense of humor However the book is designed for people who haven’t been around during this crazy time So I didn’t find it useful for me


  9. Mellow Mellow says:

    I don't know what to think of this book It paints what I believe is a fair retelling of what happened in Egypt during the Arab Spring and the events that followed bear in mind I'm not Egyptian It was off to a good start but somewhere around the middle things started to unravel I felt like Bassem was trying to justify himself and his choices Primarily that of leaving his country And I couldn't help but sense his bitterness over what happened Bassem was undeniably a phenomenon in the Arab World and now he's been abandoned almost forgotten His feelings are absolutely understandable but they were the weakness of this book The last third was him blaming everyone around him for what happened While he was making fun of conspiracy theorists he himself built a conspiracy theory that puts him as the victim of evil plotters He painted himself as the hero Egypt needed but didn't deserve a man of morals where literally everyone around him was corrupt While this is somewhat right he didn't take any responsibility over the events not even a bit in my opinion you don't sign a contract with MBC without selling at least a bit of your soul This whole holier than thou attitude is a sign that he wrote this book too soon that he still needs time to process what happened to admit to mistakes made and to eventually give a balanced view


  10. Emma Emma says:

    I will admit I didn't actually finish but I can't force myself to read this any This is one of the most sexist and misogynist books I have ever read I am offended and feel differently about the multitude of trusted entertainment figures like John Stewart and Samantha Bee who promoted this book It was crude rude and unfunny I cringed at many of the jokes I will not be finishing this book


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Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring[PDF / Epub] ✍ Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring ☁ Bassem Youssef – Thomashillier.co.uk “Hilarious and Heartbreaking Comedy shouldn’t take courage but it made an exception for Bassem” Jon StewartSemi Finalist in the Humor category in the Goodreads Choice AwardsThe Jon Stewart of t “Hilarious and Heartbreaking Comedy shouldn’t take Dummies: Laughing Epub á courage but it made an exception for Bassem” Jon StewartSemi Finalist in the Humor category in the Goodreads Choice AwardsThe 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 all of Revolution for PDF/EPUB ² which inspired the documentary about his life Tickling GiantsBassem Youssef’s incendiary satirical news program Al Bernameg The Program chronicled the events of the 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 stockSo potent were Youssef’s skits jokes for Dummies: Laughing eBook ¸ 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 homelandIn 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 for Dummies: Laughing Through the PDF/EPUB or the violent clashes in Tahrir Suare 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 —and it’s all insanely trueInterweaving 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 than a few healing laughs A documentary about his life Tickling Giants debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in  and is now scheduled for major release.


About the Author: Bassem Youssef

Bassem Raafat Muhammad Youssef is an Dummies: Laughing Epub á Egyptian comedian writer producer physician media critic and television host He hosted Al Bernameg a satirical news program from to .