A Thrill-seeking American Jew’s Adventures Through the Arab Spring

Writer Adam Valen Levinson says that ever since 9/11 he wanted to discover what the Middle East is really like. Quite the challenge for a nice Jewish boy from Philadelphia, and one he recounts in his acclaimed new travel memoir

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When Adam Valen Levinson was about to turn 13, his parents asked him whether he wanted a proper bar mitzvah. He politely declined.