Author: Wael Ghonim, Comment by Lorenzo Preve
This book is at the intersection of sociology and political risk. Beyond its interesting description of the genesis of the Arab Spring, that forced Hosni Mubarak out of power in Egypt and produced a brutal contagion effect in the rest of the Arab World, lays a very interesting discussion on how societies react under different stimulus.
At first the author depicts a fearsome society, a society that had almost surrendered their freedom of speech and freedom of thought to the brutality of a dictator and its repressive methods. As the book evolves, the reader is progressively presented with a new society; one that is not willing to give up its freedom and is ready to fight for it. The government is unable to understand the severity of the
situation until it is too late, producing a conflict that was too long, and, now that we now how the story evolved, left too many scars.
It is interesting reading between the lines of this book, and imagining the business environment in the country along the years in which this happens. Situations such as these could happen in other countries, and dramatically affect the firm’s cash flow, their ability to compete etc… We should take advantage of the lessons in this book in order to see early warning signals of these events.
The author is clearly not a professional writer, sometimes the story is a bit tedious and detailed in some non-important issues, but the outcome is extremely personal, you can feel the author’s passion throughout the pages. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and I think it is good book to recommend to those interested in these topics.