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TWEETS FROM TAHRIR is featured in the New Yorker AND the New York Times

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Tweets from Tahrir

From the New Yorker’s piece, “The Book of Egypt Tweets:”

Galleycat reported yesterday that OR Books, an on-demand publisher that describes itself as dedicated to “progressive change in politics, culture and the way we do business,” has announced the release later this month of “Tweets from Tahrir,” an edited collection of Twitter posts that played an essential role in the recent uprising and ouster of Mubarak in Egypt. Alex Nunns, a British journalist, and Nadia Idle, an Egyptian who was on the ground in Cairo during the protests, began archiving tweets as they were posted, and have been combing through feeds ever since to build a portrait of, as Nunns tweeted in February, a “1st draft [of] history.”


From the New York Times piece, “‘Tweets From Tahrir’ Collects Egypt Posts in a Book:”

Some of the earliest and most raw reports of the revolution in Egypt were published on Twitter. Now an enterprising publisher, OR Books, has gathered many of those Twitter messages for a book, “Tweets From Tahrir,” a narrative of the revolution told in snippets of 140 characters or less.

In a feat of nearly real-time publishing, the book will be released on April 21, a little over two months after the revolution unseated Egypt’s president. It will be sold for $12 in paperback form and $10 in e-book form.


Mediabistro features OR Books’ forthcoming title TWEETS FROM TAHRIR

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

On April 21st, OR Books will publish Tweets from Tahrir: Egypt’s Revolution as It Unfolded, in the Words of the People Who Made It, a collection of dispatches and photographs from Twitter users during Egypt’s dramatic transfer of power last month.

The book contains “a selection of key tweets in a compelling, fast-paced narrative, allowing the story of the uprising to be told directly by the people in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.” The collection will be edited by Alex Nunns and Nadia Idle, with a foreward by author Ahdaf Soueif.

Read more at Mediabistro


Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

NEW YORK (June 29, 2010) — NRDC Executive Director Peter Lehner, together with Bob Deans, will author the first book on the Gulf oil spill entitled Deepwater Horizon: The Oil Disaster, Its Aftermath, and Our Future.

Published by OR Books, Deepwater Horizon provides a brief account of the disaster as well as the conditions that made it possible — and lays out a blueprint to avoid similar catastrophes in the future.

“The book is not so much about BP as it is about how we got to the point where drilling in inaccessible spots became hugely profitable for oil companies,” said Peter Lehner. “There is a real need for an assessment of the situation that goes beyond criticizing one company’s incompetence. Our oil addiction and how we get rid of it has to be at the heart of these discussions.”

Since the spill occurred, NRDC has been at the forefront of efforts of efforts to ensure this type of catastrophe never happens again. NRDC has had a rapid-response team on the ground in the Gulf documenting the environmental impacts of the oil spill and advocating for local communities. NRDC attorneys and scientists are working to hold BP accountable for the damage it is causing. The organization is also working to make sure the Obama Administration and Congress is doing everything possible to create tough new safeguards that will defend our coastal waters from more disasters and rein in damaging practices by the oil industry.

Prior to becoming NRDC executive director,Peter Lehnerserved as chief of the Environmental Protection Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s office for eight years. He spent five years with NRDC leading its water program in the 1990s and before that created and led the environmental prosecution unit for New York City. He currently teaches environmental law at Columbia University.

Bob Deans is NRDC’s associate communications director and author of the 2007 book The River Where America Began: A Journey Along the James. He is a former president of the White House Correspondents’ Association and spent eight years covering the White House for Cox newspapers. With NRDC President Frances Beinecke, he co-authored the 2009 book Clean Energy Common Sense: An American Call to Action on Global Climate Change.

Paperback copies and e-books of Deepwater Horizon will ship August 9, 2010 with publication September 20, 2010. The book will initially be available only direct from the OR Books website,

(via NRDC)

In collaboration with the NRDC, OR will release the first book on the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster

Monday, June 28th, 2010


The Oil Disaster, Its Aftermath and Our Future

Peter Lehner with Bob Deans

For more information, please download the press release.

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