Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Acquires Inside Story of Egyptian Revolution, To Be Published on One-Year Anniversary of Historic Uprising

NEW YORK — Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has acquired Revolution 2.0 by Wael Ghonim, the inside story of the Egyptian revolution and the lessons of the Arab Spring, as told by the 30-year-old former Google executive who was one of the people that mobilized protesters through technology and social media. When Wael Ghonim created the “We Are All Khaled Saied” page on Facebook, nobody expected him as an anonymous leader to mobilize its members as a driving force in the removal of a 30-year dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak. Revolution 2.0 is the story of how the revolution came about with the power of social media and internet technology. Ghonim also tells an inspirational story of how anyone can be empowered to change the world starting from his belief that the “power of the people is stronger than the people in power.” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publisher Bruce Nichols, who acquired and will edit the book said, “The implications of Wael’s story reach far beyond the Middle East, and even beyond politics.  How Wael helped nurture a mass movement is one of the great stories of our time, with lessons for anyone who seeks to make change anywhere on earth using technology.”  Wael Ghonim has been named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people and is set to receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award this month on behalf of the Egyptian people. He will be on leave from Google as he creates a technology-inspired NGO for his charitable works to which proceeds from his book will be donated. Ghonim will write the book in Arabic and is currently in final discussions with Arabic language publishers. Revolution 2.0 will be published on the anniversary of the uprising, Jan. 25, 2012. Inkwell Management served as agents. About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt  With education products and services used by 57 million students throughout all 50 U.S. states and 120 countries, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a global education and learning company. The world’s largest provider of materials for pre-K–12 learning, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is leading the way with innovative solutions and approaches to the challenges facing education today. Through curricula excellence coupled with technology innovations and professional services, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt collaborates with school districts, administrators, teachers, parents and students, providing interactive, results-driven learning solutions. Its Educational Consulting Services group works to increase student achievement in underperforming schools by developing, implementing and supporting education transformation through sustained district partnerships.  With origins dating back to 1832, the Company also publishes an extensive line of reference works and award-winning literature for adults and young readers. For more information, visit www.hmhco.com.