Egyptian Revolution (2011-12)

A look inside the Egyptian revolution

A look inside the Egyptian revolution

Wael Ghonim is an unlikely rebel. Born in Egypt in 1980, he began working his first Web job while studying at Cairo University, then moved to the U.S. (where he married an American) and eventually became Google's top marketing representative for the Middle East, based in Dubai. His opposition to Hosni Mubarak's regime was far down on his personal list of interests. But it was there. Waiting.

And when the tide began rising in 2010, Ghonim found himself leading and being propelled by it, which earned him nearly two weeks of detention and torture by the Mubarak regime, and hero status among the legions agitating for Mubarak's fall.

Ghonim's emergence as an accidental...