Egypt's Revolution

It took 18 days of demonstrations to oust the man who ruled Egypt for 30 years. But there were a lot of signposts that paved the way to Tahrir Square. We hear from the author of a new book about the making of a revolution and the undoing of Hosni Mubarak.



Part Three of The Current

Egypt's Revolution - Ashraf Khalil

Screams and gunshots were the last sounds Anwar Sadat ever heard. In early October of 1981, the Egyptian president and eleven other people were killed by members of the military during a victory parade.

Slightly wounded that day was the Egyptian vice president and the man who would succeed Sadat -- Hosni Mubarak. Mubrarak's iron hand would steer Egypt for another 29 years. But it didn't take bullets to get rid of him. He was deposed by one of the most remarkable popular uprisings of recent times.

Ashraf Khalil was there when the Arab Spring flowered in Egypt. And he writes about the rise and fall of Hosni Mubarak in his new book, Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation. Ashraf Khalil joined us from Cairo.

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