Portraits of a forgotten Middle East

The son of a U.S. Foreign Service officer, Kai Bird spent his childhood in Jerusalem, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and India. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for American Prometheus, a biography of Manhattan Project physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, Bird is a contributing editor at the Nation and has written about the history of the United States ...

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The son of a U.S. Foreign Service officer, Kai Bird spent his childhood in Jerusalem, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and India. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for American Prometheus, a biography of Manhattan Project physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, Bird is a contributing editor at the Nation and has written about the history of the United States and Middle East for many years. Here are some of the people he ran into along the way.

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The son of a U.S. Foreign Service officer, Kai Bird spent his childhood in Jerusalem, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and India. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for American Prometheus, a biography of Manhattan Project physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, Bird is a contributing editor at the Nation and has written about the history of the United States and Middle East for many years. Here are some of the people he ran into along the way.

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Kai Bird is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, and the author most recently of two books about the Middle East: Crossing Mandelbaum Gate: Coming of Age Between the Arabs and Israelis and The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames. He is now working on a presidential biography of Jimmy Carter.

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