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3 Books That Enhance Steve Inskeep's Journey

An Egyptian protester waves his national flag at sunset during a demonstration in Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square on June 5, 2012 to protest against verdicts handed down in ex-president Hosni Mubarak's murder trial.
Mohammed Abed

The area from Carthage to Cairo has commanded the world's attention. Since the Arab Spring last year, it has been filled with protesters, journalists, rebels, and change. It would be hard to put together a reading list for this area without thinking of politics, but writing from the region often surprises us — it suggests the variety and vitality of social life. Here are three books that show why this long-time locale of dictators has suddenly become one of hope.

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