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Wendell Steavenson's book 'Circling the Square' charges into Egypt's turmoil
Wendell Steavenson's book 'Circling the Square' charges into Egypt's turmoil

The way she writes about the Egyptian revolution, it's as if Wendell Steavenson fell in love all at once with a people, a place and a moment in time. "I would wake up in the morning and the protests on Tahrir were waking too, rising from their flower beds, shaking themselves anew and wondering too: what would this new day bring? Every day we had no idea what would happen, every day seesawed between joy and death." It was not, as they say, Stevenson's first rodeo. The New Yorker staff writer has reported from conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon. She knows how to work with translators, how to balance the needs of getting the story and staying safe — how...

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