A forgotten heritage

Excerpts from Cairo-based journalist Mark Lavie’s ‘Broken Spring’ chronicle the demise of Cairo’s Jewish community.

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Veteran Middle East correspondent Mark Lavie’s book provides a vivid, in-depth, hands-on view of Egypt’s society Lavie is an American-Israeli journalist who has been covering the Middle East since 1972. For most of his career, he was based in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. He served as radio broadcaster, print wire reporter and editor for the Associated Press, and broadcast for radio networks including NPR, NBC and CBC. He has covered conflicts, starting with the 1973 Yom Kippur Mideast war, and peace efforts like the Israeli- Palestinian partial peace accords, for which he won the prestigious Lowell Thomas Award for Best Radio Interpretation of Foreign Affairs. After reporting on two Palestinian uprisings in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Lavie transferred to Egypt on a two-year assignment in 2011, in time for all the major events of Arab Spring.

In Broken Spring, veteran Middle East correspondent Mark Lavie provides a vivid, indepth, hands-on view of Egypt’s society and the turmoil it is undergoing. He examines its people, its politics and its Islamic orientation, and explains how and why the West gets so many things wrong in the Middle East.

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