A Rage for Order

  • by Robert Worth
  • Narrated by Will Damron, Robert Worth
  • 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The definitive work of literary journalism on the Arab Spring and its troubled aftermath.
In 2011 a wave of revolution spread through the Middle East as protesters demanded an end to tyranny, corruption, and economic decay. From Egypt to Yemen, a generation of young Arabs insisted on a new ethos of common citizenship. Five years later their utopian aspirations have taken on a darker cast as old divides reemerge and deepen. In one country after another, brutal terrorists and dictators have risen to the top.
A Rage for Order is the first work of literary journalism to track the tormented legacy of what was once called the Arab Spring. In the style of V. S. Naipaul and Lawrence Wright, the distinguished New York Times correspondent Robert F. Worth brings the history of the present to life through vivid stories and portraits. We meet a Libyan rebel who must decide whether to kill the Qaddafi-regime torturer who murdered his brother; a Yemeni farmer who lives in servitude to a poetry-writing, dungeon-operating chieftain; and an Egyptian doctor who is caught between his loyalty to the Muslim Brotherhood and his hopes for a new tolerant democracy.
Combining dramatic storytelling with an original analysis of the Arab world today, A Rage for Order captures the psychic and actual civil wars raging throughout the Middle East and explains how the dream of an Arab renaissance gave way to a new age of discord.
With an introduction read by the author.

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Required reading/listening for anyone who cares about the contemporary world

This book is the result of an amazing amount of research and reporting. Worth spends time in each of the battleground nations and gets to know many of the leaders and participants of the varied liberation movements. He traces the movements from idealism and elation to cynicism and despair. Because of the jumping around from nation to nation I decided to read along with the print version do I could better keep track with who is who. This is not s knock on the narrator who is excellent. The theme is a rage for order and so me to maintain the order in my own brain I found it helpful to have the hard copy to refer to. Anybody who wAnts to make assertions about what is happening in the Middle East and what should. E done about it should read and/or listen to this book. There are comprehensive books on each of the movements including ISIS but this is the best in putting the Arab Spring into a collective context. A+
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- philip

Unbiased Account

This is an unbiased account of what went on in the so called Arab Spring countries. As an Egyptian i concur with the Beltagy story, his story continues and what is happening to him and his family till now is outrageous.
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- nael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-19-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audio