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Generation Freedom

Monday, July 18, 2011

Bruce Feiler talks about the historic youth uprisings sweeping the Middle East and what they mean for the future of peace, coexistence, and relations with the West. His new book Generation Freedom, offers a portrait of history in the making—he marches with the daring young organizers in Liberation Square, confronts the head of the Muslim Brotherhood, and witnesses the dramatic rebuilding of a church at a time when sectarian violence threatens peace.

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Comments [4]

ericf

The opposite of "proactive" is "reactive", not "submisive".
It's quite a different idea (and this is not a state secret). Some of the actions described as "proactive" actually sound "reactive".

In this instance given a choice between whether to be glib or accurate, the author has chosen to be glib. Was that unusual, or is there a pattern of favoring what sounds good over what's true?

Jul. 18 2011 02:18 PM
Amy from Manhattan

On the "proactive" angle, 1 thing I loved was that some of the Egyptian activists who had been organizing via social media took the low-tech route too, going door to door to get their poorer & older neighbors to come out to the demonstrations!

Jul. 18 2011 01:55 PM
yourgo from astoria

Why is the paperback cheaper than the kindle version.
Get a cheaper kindle version and i'll buy it.
Good show old boy.

Jul. 18 2011 01:52 PM
Mike from Inwood

Roughly a quarter of the world's population professes to be Muslim, but they are not a single demographic group. The author seems to confuse Arab & Muslim. There are only 300 million Arabs in the world, roughly the population of the US. Demographically, a majority are under 30, but let's not go overboard in making his point.

Jul. 18 2011 01:46 PM

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