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Books about the Arab uprisings

There are now dozens of books about the Arab uprisings that began at the end of 2010. Here is a fairly comprehensive list of those that are readily available in English. 

Readers and publishers are invited to send details of any omissions or new titles.

  

  

Arab Spring: general

Newest titles first

The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising
Gilbert Achcar, 2013. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Invisible Arab: The Promise and Peril of the Arab Revolutions 
Marwan Bisharah, 2013. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Battle for the Arab Spring: Revolution, Counter-revolution and the Making of a New Era 
Lin Noueihed and Alex Warren, 2013. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Democracy's Fourth Wave? Digital Media and the Arab Spring 
Philip Howard and Muzammil Hussain, 2013. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

A Tourist in the Arab Spring 
Tom Chesshyre, 2013. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk [Travelogue]

After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies 
Christopher Davidson, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of an Old Order?
Bassam Haddad, Rosie Bsheer and Ziad Abu-Rish, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Rebirth of History: Times of Riots and Uprisings
Alain Badiou, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

After the Arab Spring: How Islamists Hijacked The Middle East Revolts 
John Bradley, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Arab Spring: The End of Postcolonialism
Hamid Dabashi, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Invisible Arab: The Promise and Peril of the Arab Revolutions 
Marwan Bishara, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Arab Spring: Rebellion, revolution, and a new world order 
Toby Manhire (ed), 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Arab Uprisings: The People Want the Fall of the Regime 
Jeremy Bowen, 2012. Available from amazon.co.uk

Arab Uprising 
Marc Lynch, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Arab Spring: The New Middle East in the Making 
Hichem Karoui, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

After the Spring: Economic Transitions in the Arab World 
Magdi Amin, Ragui Assaad, Nazar al-Baharna and Kemal Dervis, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Rise and Fall of Arab Presidents for Life
Roger Owen, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Power and the People: Paths of Resistance in the Middle East
Charles Tripp, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know
James Gelvin, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Obama and the Middle East: The End of America's Moment? 
Fawaz Gerges, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Politics and Power in the Maghreb: Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco from Independence to the Arab Spring 
Michael Willis, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Revolution in the Arab World: Tunisia, Egypt, and the Unmaking of an Era
Edited by Marc Lynch, Susan B. Glasser, and Blake Hounshell, 2011 (e-book). Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The New Arab Revolt: What Happened, What It Means, and What Comes Next
Council on Foreign Relations, 2011. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Arab Revolution: Ten Lessons from the Democratic Uprising 
Jean-Pierre Filiu, 2011. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

What's Really Wrong With The Middle East
Brian Whitaker, 2011. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk  [Political and social background]


Egypt

Tahrir - The Last 18 Days of Mubarak: An Insider's Account of the Uprising in Egypt
Abdel Latif El Menaway and Michael Binyon, 2013. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Transformations in Egyptian Journalism: Media and the Arab Uprisings
Naomi Sakr, 2013. Available from amazon.co.uk

Rising from Tahrir 
Hoda Rashad, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Egypt's Tahrir Revolution 
Dan Tschirgi, Walid Kazziha and Sean Mcmahon, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation 
Ashraf Khalil, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Karama! Journeys through the Arab Spring
Johnny West, 2011. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk [Also includes Libya and Tunisia]

The Journey to Tahrir: Revolution, Protest, and Social Change in Egypt 
Jeannie Sowers and Chris Toensing, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square
Steven Cook, 2011. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Messages from Tahrir: Signs from Egypt's Revolution
Karima Khalil, 2011. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Road to Tahrir Square: Egypt and the United States from the Rise of Nasser to the Fall of Mubarak
Lloyd Gardner, 2011. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Tweets From Tahrir
Alex Nunns, Nadia Idle and Aaron Zenz, 2011. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Egypt in the Era of Hosni Mubarak, 1981-2011
Galal Amin, 2011. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

On the State of Egypt: A Novelist's Provocative Reflections
Alaa al Aswany and Jonathan Wright, 2011. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk


Tunisia

Karama! Journeys through the Arab Spring
Johnny West, 2011. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk [Also includes Libya and Egypt]

Politics and Power in the Maghreb: Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco from Independence to the Arab Spring 
Michael Willis, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk


Libya

Libya, the Responsibility to Protect and the Future of Humanitarian Intervention
Aidan Hehir and Robert Murray, 2013. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution 
Lindsey Hilsum, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Libya: The Rise and Fall of Qaddafi
Alison Pargeter, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Arab Spring, Libyan Winter
Vijay Prashad, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Man Who Went to War: A Reporter's Memoir from Libya and the Arab Uprising 
Patrick Graham, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Karama! Journeys through the Arab Spring
Johnny West, 2011. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk [Also includes Egypt and Tunisia]


Syria

Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad
David Lesch, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Revolt in Syria: Eye-witness to the Uprising
Stephen Starr, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Syrian Rebellion 
Fouad Ajami, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

In the Lion's Den: An Eyewitness Account of Washington's Battle with Syria 
Andrew Tabler, 2011. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk


Yemen

Yemen Divided: The Story of a Failed State in South Arabia 
Noel Brehony, 2013. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America's War in Arabia 
Gregory Johnsen, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Yemen: Dancing on the Heads of Snakes
Victoria Clark, 2010. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk [Political and social background]


Bahrain and the Arab Gulf states

Sectarian Gulf: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the Arab Spring That Wasn't
Toby Matthiesen, 2013. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Arab Spring and the Gulf States: Time to embrace change
Mohamed Althani, 2013. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Bahrain from the Twentieth Century to the Arab Spring Miriam Joyce, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

     

The falling dictators

The fall of Saddam Hussein

The fall of Ben Ali

The fall of Mubarak

The fall of Gaddafi

The fall of Saleh

 

Other book lists

 

A Middle East bookshelf

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Arabic literature in translation 

   

 
 
 
 
 


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Last revised on 23 December, 2012