Republic of Tahrir

Print edition : April 03, 2015

Tahrir Square, Cairo: Protests against Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood government on June 29, 2013. Photo: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/REUTERS

Ousted President Mohamed Morsi at the Police Academy court in Cairo on November 3, 2014. Photo: Mohammed al-Law/AP

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on June 30, 2014, a year after the protests that led to Morsi's ouster. Photo: AFP Photo/Egyptian Presidency

In Alexandria, Morsi's supporters in a courtroom facing charges for holding a protest in October 2013. Photo: Amira Mortada, El Shorouk Newspaper/AP

This book by the journalist Thanassis Cambanis provides the most compelling portrait of the urgency of the rebellion, and the despondency in its loss.

Obituaries for the 2011 revolution are only now emerging. The general sense is of futility: What was the point of the uprising if the outcome is worse than the situation that existed?
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