10. “How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less”

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Sarah Glidden took a Birthright Israel trip in 2007–as a skeptic about Israeli politics who wanted to understand the situation better–and turned her experiences into this fascinating, thoughtful book. “I was searching for answers,” she told Techland, “but the book ended up being about that search itself, and less about what I found out.”

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