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Let There Be Spring
by Lofty Basta
Publisher: Outskirts Press
What happened to the “Arab Spring”? Was its derailment inevitable? What is the likelihood that Egypt will recover from her recent travails? Dr. Lofty Basta, now an American citizen, was born and raised in Egypt. Keen on keeping up with current events in his native country, Dr. Basta began documenting his reflections on Egypt’s uprising and political turmoil in 2011, in the form of over fifty articles which he shared with opinion makers in America, Canada, Europe, Egypt, and many others connected to social media. He also conveyed them to Egyptian political leaders, heads of political parties, and ministers in government. Let There Be Spring is a compilation of these articles in their original form, representing the author’s reactions and interpretations of events as they took place. Understandably, Egypt’s citizens are anxious to see the fruits of their uprising, but a new chapter is being written and the story is by no means complete.
* courtesy of Amazon.com
Let There Be Spring: Trump is Not the Future of Egypt by Dr. Lofty Basta is a compilation of essays and articles that provide critical insight into the “Arab Spring” revolution in Egypt. It contains the unique observations of a native Egyptian, now an American citizen, with a very keen intellect. These letters follow every major event in the Egyptian people’s struggle for a government that represents their interests and rights. As a member of an Egyptian minority himself, he addresses the need to protect the rights of all people, especially minorities. Dr. Basta clearly illustrates what has happened in Egypt and what the ramifications are for each major event. He presents these in the order that they happened and in a way that everyone can clearly understand.
Dr. Lofty Basta’s Let There Be Spring is a fascinating analysis of the ongoing Egyptian revolution. He has vividly described the reality that nation building is neither a fast nor an easy process. He also cautions the world to be patient and reminds us of the rough road the United States had to traverse on its way to the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Let There Be Spring was written by a true patriot who knows and loves Egypt and its people. He also has faith that a nation, that has been for thousands of years the heart and soul of what we now know as the Arab world, will develop into the model for universal human rights. Anyone wanting to clearly understand Egypt and the Arab Spring needs to read this book!
– Reader’s Favorite reviewer Robert Kirkconnell
A different perspective from an Egyptian American author closely and personally familiar with the dynamics of Egyptian politics and the Arab Spring. Provides an alternative view to what has been covered in the American media with a call for a path forward to a new hope which is sorely needed. Highly recommend this book.
– Amazon reviewer Nadia Bishai
The book shows how t he so-called “Arab Spring” turned into a nightmare for the Egyptians, particularly the Christians among them. They saw their homes and churches burned. This caused great numbers. of Christians to flee the country.
Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brother, who became President of Egypt, appointed his cronies to all the important positions in the country, changed the constitution to an Islamic one, and was taking the country into the darkness of hatefulness and regressing all aspects of life.
This book is easy to read, The author has depicted the events accurately and faithfully. Excellent job!
– Amazon reviewer Amazon Customer