Live from Jordan: Letters Home from My Journey Through the Middle East

Live from Jordan: Letters Home from My Journey Through the Middle East

by Benjamin ORBACH
     
 

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On the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Pittsburgh native and graduate student Ben Orbach traveled to the Middle East to experience the region first-hand. Despite having a degree in Middle Eastern studies, he was completely unprepared for what he discovered. Beyond the anti-American sentiment he expected, he found a complex, curious people whose lives were made even… See more details below

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On the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Pittsburgh native and graduate student Ben Orbach traveled to the Middle East to experience the region first-hand. Despite having a degree in Middle Eastern studies, he was completely unprepared for what he discovered. Beyond the anti-American sentiment he expected, he found a complex, curious people whose lives were made even more difficult by an overwhelming feeling of powerlessness. Live from Jordan is the story, told via his letters home, of Orbach's one year trip through Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Palestine, and Turkey. As he begins his unforgettable journey which takes him from bustling bazaars to underground brothels, he meets all kinds of characters: a falafel cook who hates Americans because they "have no mercy," a kindly baker who wishes him "peace and blessings" every time he buys pita bread, and the curious, impassioned 21-year-old medical student with a penchant for debating U.S. foreign policy. From the angry streets of Cairo to the living rooms of ordinary people in Jordan and Palestine, Orbach offers an honest, balanced portrait of a region in turmoil and the vivid, misunderstood, and often welcoming people who inhabit it. With humor and wit, he sheds new light on a culture that few Americans understand. Engaging and evocative, Live from Jordan is a myth-breaking book that combines the lyricism of a travelogue with the insight of reportage.

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Editorial Reviews

Lebanon The Daily Star
One man's attempt to go beyond stereotypes and get to the heart of a region that Westerners are often reluctant to see much less understand.

National Geographic Traveler online
Orbach's knowledgeable but down-to-earth style is refreshing, and it's a delight to follow him on his 13.

From the Publisher
"It's a wonderful tale — not of danger and intrigue, but of good friends and interesting, hospitable people."

-American Pundit blog, July 24, 2007

“A funny, poignant trip through [the] Mideast.”

-Miami Herald

“Orbach's knowledgeable but down-to-earth style is refreshing, and it's a delight to follow him on his 13-month sojourn.”

-National Geographic Traveler Online

“Live from Jordan…is the thoughtful, illuminating, and highly entertaining book debut by Pittsburgh native Benjamin Orbach….an elegantly written, and often hilarious account of Orbach’s prolonged stay in Jordan and Egypt….an intelligent, balanced, and insightful book debut.” Democracy and Security

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814400791
Publisher:
AMACOM
Publication date:
04/30/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
421,152
File size:
3 MB

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