Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Giveaway: Now That We Have Tasted Hope Voices from the Arab Spring

UPDATE: BEH won and should be contacted soon.

New nonfiction from Byliner and McSweeney's: Now That We Have Tasted Hope Voices from the Arab Spring:

In 2010, the self-immolation of a produce vendor in Tunisia catalyzed a series of massive democratic revolutions and uprisings throughout the Middle East and North Africa that would come to be known as the Arab Spring. In some countries, strongmen who had held power for decades collapsed under the force of youthful popular movements. In others, despots violently and mercilessly clamped down on demonstrators.

Now That We Have Tasted Hope—whose title is drawn from the poem "Now That We Have Tasted Hope," by Khaled Mattawa—collects the most important primary source documents from those historic uprisings, telling the story of the Arab Spring from the perspective of those who lived it. Voices from Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, and Syria provide a comprehensive and captivating narrative of the momentous events of last year. From the harrowing accounts of tortured protesters to the hollow appeals of crumbling regimes and the triumphant songs of revolutionaries, these documents catalog the events of the Arab Spring in all its complexity and drama.
You can read an excerpt here, and download a copy at Amazon.

I also have one digital copy to give away. For a chance to win, simply comment on this post and include your email so I can contact you if you win. One comment per person, and this contest is open worldwide. I'll pick a winner Sunday night.


  1. For all the woes inherent in representative governments, they are univerally preferred to repressive regimes. I watched the Arab Spring unfold like Tiananmen square two decades before--comfortably from my armchair. I admire their courage and will to make this world a better place for everyone, not just the power-hungry elite. galumph_idaho@hotmail.com

  2. Welcome to the comments. I will now ... dance for you.


  3. I'll bite :-) ahwoo@digiblade.com

  4. Anything from McSweeney's is at the very least interesting, and this looks really informative. Keep up the awesome posts!