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James Carroll, former Boston Globe columnist, is the author of 20 books, including the new novel The Cloister (Doubleday). His history of the Pentagon, House of War, won the PEN-Galbraith Award. His memoir, An American Requiem, won the National Book Award. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He lives in Boston with his wife, the writer Alexandra Marshall.
After two months of world-historic protest and rebellion in streets and squares across the Arab world, Americans are seeing Arabs and Muslims as if for the first time, and we are, despite ourselves, impressed and moved.