Fifteen years ago, Krista Bremer would not have been able to imagine her life today: married to a Libyan-born Muslim, raising two children with Arabic names in the American South. Nor could she have imagined the prejudice she would encounter or the profound ways her marriage would change her perception of the world.
But on a running trail in North Carolina, she met Ismail. He was passionate and sincere—and he loved adventure as much as she did. From acquaintances to lovers to a couple facing an unexpected pregnancy, this is the story of two people—a middle-class American raised in California and a Muslim raised by illiterate parents in an impoverished Libyan fishing village—who made a commitment to each other without forsaking their own identities.
Krista Bremer tells the story in her new book, My Accidental Jihad.
Fred Kaplan broke the news of Paula Broadwell’s involvement in Petraeus’ resignation from the CIA in his “War Stories” column in Slate. Now, he draws on secret documents, private emails, and extensive interviews with more than one hundred key players, including Petraeus, to deliver many news-making revelations.
In The Network: Portrait Conversations, artist Lincoln Schatz offers a unique portrayal of contemporary American leadership and innovation. Representing government, business, science, technology, and culture, Schatz’ eighty-nine subjects include father of the Internet Vint Cerf, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Emmy Award-winning journalist Cokie Roberts, Republican strategist Karl Rove, and liberal heavyweight Vernon Jordan.
Jack Hitt is a contributing editor to the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and public radio’s This American Life. He also writes for Rolling Stone, GQ, Wired, and, Garden & Gun. We speak with him about his new book,Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character .