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From the Publisher“[An] affable memoir in which [Levey] methodically examines a multiplicity of attitudes, to keen effect. ‘Don’t be a Fundamentalist,’ he counsels in his Author’s Note. But he discovers that such advice is easier given than put into actual practice.”
—The Christian Science Monitor
"Levey has written a fun, thought provoking read. In doing it himself, this amateur peacemaker went beyond the headlines to show us some of the pitfalls - and some fresh perspectives - that must be understood to make peace in a region that sorely needs it." —Jewish Chronicle
"Gregory Levey may or may not be able to save the world. But I do know this: He writes a very entertaining and informative book. The section on Second Life alone is worth the price of admission."
—A.J. Jacobs, author of My Life as an Experiment
"Gregory Levey doesn't solve the problems of the Middle East, but he does make them funny, which is almost as hard. A great read."
—Peter Beinart, author of The Icarus Syndrome
"At last some good news out of the Middle East: Decades of brutal, intractable conflict have finally given Gregory Levey material for an outrageously entertaining book."
—Daniel Radosh, author of Rapture Ready! Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture
"Greg Levey has made a comic masterpiece out of the world's most intractable conflict—yet hidden among the sidesplitting laugh lines are insights about the Middle East that are no laughing matter. I've read dense scholarship on Israeli-Palestinian affairs that does not capture the irony or the humanity of the situation half as well as this hilarious book."
—Joseph Braude, author of The New Iraq
"Gregory Levey is hilarious—that's not even a debatable point. But he's something else too: On a subject where even a whisper of sanity seems brave, Gregory Levey is nothing short of heroic."
—Rachel Shukert, author of Everything Is Going To Be Great
“If Mohandas Ghandi and Woody Allen had a love child, and the child were Canadian and a Jew, that child would be Greg Levey. In this eye-opening and riotously funny book, Levey boldly goes where many men have gone before as he sets out to solve the Middle East conflict. But this time, the fruitless quest for peace will leave you shaking your head in wonder at the human dramedy behind this long-running geopolitical standoff.”
—Joel Chasnoff, author of The 188th Crybaby Brigade
“Levey tackles an immense and serious subject with such charming wit and casual intelligence that one forgets its magnitude. His is an impossible mission—to make sense of the most tangled and fraught conflict of our time—but he ventures forth with a shrug and a chuckle and confronts his subject with compassion, self-deprecation, and pluck. This is a frolic of a book, but at its core is the serious idea that no matter how grand the stage, policy affects (and is created by) actual people.”
—Max Watman, author of Chasing the White Dog: An Amateur Outlaw's Adventures in Moonshine
"A lively and humorous account of one man’s quest to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Levey’s thoughtfulness and wit make this book an absorbing read for Middle East neophytes and veterans alike."
—Jennifer Miller, author of Inheriting the Holy Land: An American's Search for Hope in the Middle East