Crisis in the Arab World: Free Download

Yale University Press presents a FREE DOWNLOAD of chapters from three of its acclaimed, prescient and immensely readable books on the Arab region.

The events of January and February 2011 have shaken not only the Middle East and North Africa but the whole world.

Starting in Tunisia in December 2010, unrest has spiralled through the Arab world, with extraordinary results: following mass uprisings, the Tunisian dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben-Ali has fled the country, while his counterpart Hosni Mubarak of Egypt decided to stand down with immediate effect. Meanwhile, Algeria and Libya – also ruled by military dictatorships – have seen major riots, with many protestors killed, while similar demonstrations in Yemen have led President Saleh to announce that he will not seek another term in office.

Crisis in the Arab World is a sampler of Yale books that discuss three of these febrile regions: Egpyt, Algeria and Yemen. Click here to visit Yale’s website, where you can download the sampler for free!

In Egypt on the Brink: From Nasser to Mubarak (2010), Tarek Osman looks at the situation of his fellow young Egyptians – tech-savvy and full of passion, but deeply frustrated by the corrupt, economically stagnant Egyptian state.

‘Osman writes with feeling, backed up by an impressively broad list of sources as well as sharp critical insight and astute judgement’
—The Economist

In Algeria: Anger of the Dispossessed (2007, updated 2011), Martin Evans and John Phillips ask how long Algerians will put up with their repressive military regime, whose only opposition consists of intermittent al-Qaeda attacks.

‘the terrible realities experienced by most Algerians for the past four decades are at the heart of this stunningly important book’
—The Sunday Times

In Yemen: Dancing on the Heads of Snakes (2010), Victoria Clark analyses the prospects for a country with 40% unemployment, near-exhausted water supplies, and a long-running rebellion in the southern provinces.

‘An experienced foreign correspondent casts a timely light on the complex fissiparous, impoverished country now seen as a haven for Al-Qaeda’
—Financial Times

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