Wael Ghonim was a little-known 30-year-old Google exec when he launched a Facebook campaign to protest the death of an Egyptian man at the hands of security forces. Now, in his new memoir, one of the key figures behind the Egyptian uprising takes us inside the making of a modern revolution—and discusses youth, activism, the Arab Spring, and why he is optimistic for the future.
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Wael Ghonim was born in Cairo and grew up in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, earning a degree in computer engineering from Cairo University in 2004 and an MBA from the American University in Cairo in 2007. He joined Google in 2008, rising to become Head of Marketing for Google Middle East and North Africa. He is currently on sabbatical from Google to launch an NGO supporting education and technology in Egypt.
Reza Aslan, associate professor of creative writing at the University of California Riverside is author of the best-selling No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam and editor of Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Middle East. He is founder of AslanMedia, an online journal for news and entertainment about the Greater Middle East and the world.
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