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The Arab Winter: A Tragedy by [Noah Feldman]

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"One of The New York Times's 11 Books to Watch For in May"

"A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice"

"Fascinating and persuasive."
---Robert F. Worth, New York Times Book Review

"Feldman argues persuasively that the Arab Spring ushered in a new era, characterized by politics from below."
---Michael Doran, Wall Street Journal

"[An] important new book."
---Daniel Byman, Washington Post

"Ambitious and thought-provoking."
---Justin Marozzi, Sunday Times

"This book is essentially a plea to take the long view of history. Feldman stresses the suffering wrought by conflict, terrorism and renewed dictatorship. But he also highlights the more inspiring aspects of the 'exercise of collective, free political action ― with all the dangers of error and disaster that come with it.'"
---Michael Peel, Financial Times

---Steven Carroll, Sydney Morning Herald

"Feldman’s methodical and unemotional analysis of the Arab Winter that has followed the Arab Spring is a valuable aid in understanding the current state of the Middle East."
---Jim Blanchard, Winnipeg Free Press

"[A] fluid account of how that spring turned into bloody winter."
---John Andrews, Project Syndicate

"An engaging work. It provides a useful recap of events over the course of the Arab Spring, and offers some original and interesting insights on each of the episodes discussed. . . . It is filled with interesting and insightful observations on the case studies presented; it presents a worthwhile meditation on processes which remain far from completion, and which are of primary importance to prospects for stability and development in the Middle East and beyond."
---Jonathan Spyer, Tel Aviv Review of Books

"Convincing and logical."
---Michaela Domingo, Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs

"Noah Feldman offers an interpretation of the meaning of the Arab spring and its aftermath in the Arab winter in his superb new book."
---Joseph Richard Preville, Informed Comment

"Building on a renowned body of work on legal and political theory, Noah Feldman’s
The Arab Winter: A Tragedy deftly weaves together case studies of three presidential states, Egypt, Syria, and Tunisia to examine political self-determination during the Arab spring and subsequent Arab winter."---Kathryn Urban, Charged Affairs --This text refers to the hardcover edition.


"A timely and insightful exploration of the meaning of the Arab Spring, and of its participants' agencies and responsibilities, by one of the foremost legal scholars and public intellectuals in the United States."―Malika Zeghal, Harvard University

"Noah Feldman has written an elegant and incisive book that illuminates one of the most important events of our time: the tragic failure of the Arab Spring. It was tragic because failure was avoidable. Tyranny returned in Egypt, horrendous slaughter followed the uprising in Syria, but Tunisia demonstrated what political prudence could achieve: the emergence of democracy in the Arab world. Feldman asks a question with haunting relevance well beyond the Middle East: can a people who have chosen a democratic path then choose to renounce it in favor of tyranny?"
―Michael Ignatieff, President, Central European University, Budapest --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B081J9YJ24
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Princeton University Press (May 12, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 12, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2203 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 212 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0691227934
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Noah Feldman is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard University as well as a Senior Fellow of the Society of Fellows and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a contributing writer for Bloomberg View.

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Before joining the Harvard faculty, Feldman was Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. He was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2005. In 2004 he was a visiting professor at Yale Law School and a fellow of the Whitney Humanities Center. In 2003 he served as senior constitutional advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, and advised members of the Iraqi Governing Council on the drafting of the Transitional Administrative Law or interim constitution. He served as a law clerk to Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court (1998 – 1999). Selected as a Rhodes Scholar, he earned a D. Phil. in Islamic Thought from Oxford University and a J.D. from Yale Law School, serving as Book Reviews Editor of the Yale Law Journal. He received his A.B. summa cum laude in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University in 1992, finishing first in his class.

His new book, "The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President" will be available on October 31, 2017 (Random House) and is available for pre-order here. He is the author of six other books including: Cool War: The Future of Global Competition (Random House, May 21, 2013), the award winning and acclaimed Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Justices(Twelve, 2010), The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State (Princeton University Press, 2008); Divided By God: America's Church-State Problem and What We Should Do About It (Farrar, Straus &amp; Giroux 2005); What We Owe Iraq: War and the Ethics of Nation Building (Princeton University Press 2004); and After Jihad: America and the Struggle for Islamic Democracy (Farrar, Straus &amp; Giroux 2003). He also co-authored two textbooks with Kathleen Sullivan, titled, "Constitutional Law", 19th Edition (Foundation Press, 2016) and "First Amendment Law", 6th Edition (Foundation Press, 2016). He has worked as a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine.

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