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Into the Hands of the Soldiers


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A poignant, deeply human portrait of Egypt during the Arab Spring, told through the lives of individuals

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David D. Kirkpatrick is an international correspondent based in London for the New York Times. From 2011 through 2015 he was the Cairo bureau chief. He has also been a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and a contributing editor for New York magazine. Into the Hands of the Soldiers is his first book.


Kirkpatrick watched a historic popular uprising unfold. In this book, he brings the story to vivid life through the eyes of both the poor and the powerful -- Stephen Kinzer, author of 'All the Shah's Men'
Both astute and insightful, and often as comical as it is tragic -- Lynsey Addario, author of 'It's What I Do'
Sweeping, passionate ... An essential work of reportage for our time -- Philip Gourevitch, author of 'We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families'
This will be the must read on the destruction of Egypt's revolution and democratic moment -- Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director of Human Rights Watch
A twenty-first-century successor to William L. Shirer's Berlin Diary: a first-rate reporter's riveting eyewitness account of the unfolding of a world-historical tragedy. Kirkpatrick has an uncanny ability to lend a sense of real-time suspense to events in the recent past, and to get to the truth of a dauntingly elusive story -- Nicholas Lemann, author of 'The Promised Land'
David D. Kirkpatrick landed in Cairo as the New York Times bureau chief on the eve of revolution. Into the Hands of the Soldiers is his gripping narrative of the tumultuous years that followed, in which he was often in the eye of the storm. Observant, eloquent and empathetic, he's the perfect guide to the perplexing and sometimes heartbreaking events that snuffed out the democratic hopes of the Arab Spring. This is the rare non-fiction book that's as entertaining as it is informative -- James B. Stewart, author of 'Tangled Webs' and 'Heart of a Soldier'
In his new book, Into the Hands of the Soldiers, Mr Kirkpatrick describes these tumultuous times in compelling detail. The author is honest about how hard it was to interpret events, grasp the motives of people such as Mr Sisi and Mr Morsi and predict the direction in which Egypt was heading ... But Mr Kirkpatrick, who dodged bullets and official harassment, deciphered the mystery. The same cannot be said of the foreign powers, especially America, that watched as Egypt's democracy crumbled * Economist *
When and why did the Arab Spring fall apart? A narrative has grown over the past few years that it was doomed from the start ... It's a narrative that David D Kirkpatrick authoritatively demolishes as he recounts the events and the aftermath of Egypt's revolution and the bloody counter-revolution ... He makes a powerful case * Prospect *
[Delivers] hard insights ... The greatest fascination in reading Kirkpatrick's book comes from learning how Egypt's deep state works * Literary Review *

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