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Revolution for Dummies - Laughing Through the Arab Spring

Bassem Youssef

"The Jon Stewart of the Arabic World"-the creator of The Program, the most popular television show in Egypt's history-chronicles his transformation from heart surgeon to political satirist, and offers crucial insight into the Arab Spring, the Egyptian Revolution, and the turmoil roiling the modern Middle East. Bassem Youssef's incendiary satirical news program, Al-Bernameg (The Program), chronicled the events of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, and the rise of Mubarak's successor, Mohamed Morsi. Youssef not only captured his nation's dissent but stamped it with his own brand of humorous political criticism, in which the Egyptian government became the prime laughing stock. So potent were Youssef's skits, jokes, and commentary, the authoritarian government accused him of insulting the Egyptian presidency and Islam. After a six-hour long police interrogation, Youssef was released. While his case was eventually dismissed, his television show was terminated, and Youssef, fearful for his safety, fled his homeland. In Revolution for Dummies, Youssef recounts his life and offers hysterical riffs on the hypocrisy, instability, and corruption that has long animated Egyptian politics. From the attempted cover-up of the violent clashes in Tahrir Square to the government's announcement that it had created the world's first "AIDS cure" machine, to the conviction of officials that Youssef was a CIA operative-recruited by Jon Stewart-to bring down the country through sarcasm. There's much more-and it's all insanely true. Interweaving the dramatic and inspiring stories of the development of his popular television show and his rise as the most contentious funny-man in Egypt, Youssef's humorous, fast-paced takes on dictatorship, revolution, and the unforeseeable destiny of democracy in the Modern Middle East offers much needed hope and more than a few healing laughs.

"The Jon Stewart of the Arabic World"-the creator of The Program, the most popular television show in Egypt's history-chronicles his transformation from heart surgeon to political satirist, and offers crucial insight into the Arab Spring, the Egyptian Revolution, and the turmoil roiling the modern Middle East. Bassem Youssef's incendiary satirical news program, Al-Bernameg (The Program), chronicled the events of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, and the rise of Mubarak's successor, Mohamed Morsi. Youssef not only captured his nation's dissent but stamped it with his own brand of humorous political criticism, in which the Egyptian government became the prime laughing stock. So potent were Youssef's skits, jokes, and commentary, the authoritarian government accused him of insulting the Egyptian presidency and Islam. After a six-hour long police interrogation, Youssef was released. While his case was eventually dismissed, his television show was terminated, and Youssef, fearful for his safety, fled his homeland. In Revolution for Dummies, Youssef recounts his life and offers hysterical riffs on the hypocrisy, instability, and corruption that has long animated Egyptian politics. From the attempted cover-up of the violent clashes in Tahrir Square to the government's announcement that it had created the world's first "AIDS cure" machine, to the conviction of officials that Youssef was a CIA operative-recruited by Jon Stewart-to bring down the country through sarcasm. There's much more-and it's all insanely true. Interweaving the dramatic and inspiring stories of the development of his popular television show and his rise as the most contentious funny-man in Egypt, Youssef's humorous, fast-paced takes on dictatorship, revolution, and the unforeseeable destiny of democracy in the Modern Middle East offers much needed hope and more than a few healing laughs.
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"The Jon Stewart of the Arabic World"-the creator of The Program, the most popular television show in Egypt's history-chronicles his transformation from heart surgeon to political satirist, and offers crucial insight into the Arab Spring, the Egyptian Revolution, and the turmoil roiling the modern Middle East. Bassem Youssef's incendiary satirical news program, Al-Bernameg (The Program), chronicled the events of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, and the rise of Mubarak's successor, Mohamed Morsi. Youssef not only captured his nation's dissent but stamped it with his own brand of humorous political criticism, in which the Egyptian government became the prime laughing stock. So potent were Youssef's skits, jokes, and commentary, the authoritarian government accused him of insulting the Egyptian presidency and Islam. After a six-hour long police interrogation, Youssef was released. While his case was eventually dismissed, his television show was terminated, and Youssef, fearful for his safety, fled his homeland. In Revolution for Dummies, Youssef recounts his life and offers hysterical riffs on the hypocrisy, instability, and corruption that has long animated Egyptian politics. From the attempted cover-up of the violent clashes in Tahrir Square to the government's announcement that it had created the world's first "AIDS cure" machine, to the conviction of officials that Youssef was a CIA operative-recruited by Jon Stewart-to bring down the country through sarcasm. There's much more-and it's all insanely true. Interweaving the dramatic and inspiring stories of the development of his popular television show and his rise as the most contentious funny-man in Egypt, Youssef's humorous, fast-paced takes on dictatorship, revolution, and the unforeseeable destiny of democracy in the Modern Middle East offers much needed hope and more than a few healing laughs.

Language:

English

Length:

7h 14m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:45


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:40


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:59


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

25:03


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:25


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:22


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:56


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:44


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:38


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:45


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

11:58


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:27


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

10:33


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:16


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:22


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:53


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:11


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:38


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

10:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:08


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:22


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:31


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:14


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:29


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

19:04


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:33


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

02:42


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

10:27


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

10:09


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:27


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:56


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

19:01


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:05


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:23


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:30


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:32


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:27


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:58


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:38


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:49


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

11:13


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:16


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:28


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:06


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

09:28


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

26:29


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:17


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:33


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:35


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:12


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:19


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

09:51


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:12


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:50


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:44


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:58


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:49


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

00:39