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December 17, 2010 Mohamed Bouazizi, a young illegal street vendor in a small Tunisian city, sets himself on fire to protest against continued harassment from the police. It’s the spark that triggers the extraordinary revolution that will shake the whole Maghreb. On January 14, 2011 massive demonstrations in avenue Habib Bourguiba, in Tunis, force Ben Ali to resign, ending a twenty year dictatorship.

Written by two young expats living in Tunisia, this book chronicles the events that developed during these 30 days following Bouazizi’s tragic gesture. No More Fear also documents the progressions of events and attempts at explaining how the sacrifice of a poor street vendor catalyzed an entire population to break the "wall of fear ", leading to unexpected change.

Beyond the authors’ personal experience, the story is based on interviews with families of "martyrs of the revolution", lawyers, artists, bloggers and journalists. The book reports messages exchanged on of the most significant sources of mobilization during the “Arab Spring”, social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, which became virtual arena in which protestors could join the uprising.

The main authors, an anthropologist and an economist, have been living in Tunisia for several years, after more than a decade spent travelling between Africa, Asia and America following their shared passion for developing countries and working for various international organizations. The two authors have collected evidence, notes from a network of Tunisian and non-Tunisian protagonists and observers, making the book a unique "collective work", reflecting view and perspectives from both sides of the Mediterranean.

Reviews

A first-person account of the glorious thirty days which sparked the Arab spring, the pages of No More Fear fly by, one after another. They talk about the many different faces of the revolution and chronicle novel experiences, original witnesses, all at the speed of the digital communication age that has made the revolution possible. A must read.
La Stampa

Intense, accurate and lively tales from two expats living in Carthage.
La Repubblica

A unique literary genre: real life, a clear and fascinating story of a reality which is already history.
Sky

A close look at the important role of Facebook and Twitter in the revolution in Tunisia: more effective than traditional media, used to fill the silence and break the censorship
Corriere della Sera