Fourth Estate acquires title by key Egyptian protestor

Fourth Estate acquires title by key Egyptian protestor

Fourth Estate has bought a book by a former Google executive credited with being among those who helped mobilise the revolutionary Egyptian protests by using social media.

Publishing director Jenny Heller and Press Books m.d. John Bond bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Revolution 2.0 by Wael Ghonim from LAW and InkWell management.

The book will be published in January 2012 to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the uprising.

Fourth Estate said: "The book will inspire readers to be a force for change and how technology can play a vital role as a catalyst for change."

Heller said: "This is one of the most important political stories of a lifetime, but it is also a manifesto for change. Hearing Wael tell the story of his campaigning, capture and torture, we knew instantly that we had to publish Revolution 2.0. Wael Ghonim is a new kind of leader—an inspiration for the connected generation.

"The message of the book is clear—that the power for positive change lies squarely in the hands of the people. We intend not only to share his story in book form, but to embrace technology in new ways to broadcast Wael's message and reach a wide audience far beyond traditional book buyers."