Witness to Arab Spring to speak in Manchester

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MANCHESTER — On Wednesday, David D. Kirkpatrick, the New York Times correspondent who covered the Arab Spring, will be at Northshire Bookstore to discuss his new book, "Into the Hands of the Soldiers," a candid narrative of how and why the Arab Spring sparked, then failed, and the truth about America's role in that failure and the subsequent military coup that put Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in power.

In 2011, Egyptians of all sects, ages, and social classes shook off millennia of autocracy, then elected a Muslim Brother as president. The 2013 military coup replaced him with a new strongman, Sisi, who has cracked down on any dissent or opposition with a degree of ferocity Mubarak never dared. Kirkpatrick arrived in Egypt with his family less than six months before the uprising first broke out in 2011, looking for a change from life in Washington, D.C. As revolution and violence engulfed the country, he received an unexpected and immersive education in the Arab world.

In this candid narrative, Kirkpatrick lives through Cairo's hopeful days and crushing disappointments alongside the diverse population of his new city: the liberal yuppies who first gathered in Tahrir Square; the persecuted Coptic Christians standing guard around Muslims at prayer during the protests; and the women of a grassroots feminism movement that tried to seize its moment. Juxtaposing his on-the-ground experience in Cairo with new reporting on the conflicts within the Obama administration, Kirkpatrick traces how authoritarianism was allowed to reclaim Egypt after thirty months of turmoil.

"Into the Hands of the Soldiers" is a heartbreaking story with a simple message: The failings of decades of autocracy are the reason for the chaos we see today across the Arab world.

For more information on this or other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.northshire.com. Northshire Bookstore is located at 4869 Main St., Manchester Center.




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