Wednesday, Aug 18, 2021 8:00 PM
Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta on Zoom
“Adroitly navigating myriad cultures, linguistic barriers, and dangerous situations, Levin shows that individuals can and do make a difference in the face of profound adversity. In laying bare the raw human toll of the ferocious and cruel Syrian conflict, ”Proof of Life” asks the reader to make a choice between cynicism and compassion for Syria and for all those who continue to suffer.”—Ayaan Hirsi Ali, New York Times bestselling author of ”Infidel”
The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta welcomes author Daniel Levin for a discussion of his new book, “Proof of Life: Twenty Days on the Hunt for a Missing Person in the Middle East” on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at 8 PM (EST).
This program is presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium.
Tickets options are as follows:
-Admit one for $6 (does not include a copy of the book); or
-Admit one for $36 (includes a hardcover copy of “Proof of Life.” Price covers shipping.)
All books will be shipped after the event. Please note that USPS is experiencing delays due to the pandemic. Mailed packages may arrive several days later than usual.
About the Book
Daniel Levin was at his office in New York when he got a call from an acquaintance with an urgent, cryptic request to meet in Paris. A young man had gone missing in Syria. No government, embassy, or intelligence agency would help. Could he? Would he? This begins the suspenseful, shocking, and at times brutal true-life story, “Proof of Life: Twenty Days on the Hunt for a Missing Person in the Middle East,” that finds Levin, a lawyer turned armed-conflict negotiator, navigating the seedy and dangerous underbelly of the Middle East, where he encounters powerful sheiks, drug lords, and sex traffickers in pursuit of the truth.
Over the course of twenty intense days, Levin barters and negotiates his way through Istanbul, Beirut, Amman, and Dubai on a quest to find a young man who disappeared under suspicious circumstances. This dangerous journey brings him into contact with the shadowy world of the underground war economy where everything is for sale, and he sees first-hand the power of the industries that endlessly fuel these conflicts—the trade of cash, goods, weapons, drugs and most devastatingly, people. “Proof of Life” is a mind-blowing exploration of how people use leverage to get what they want, entangling Levin in a dizzying web of favors and counter favors with the highest stakes possible.
Levin also humanizes the citizens who live in the shadows of conflict, painting a heart-rending truth of the reality of forever wars, some of which he experienced firsthand in combat during his own military service.
”Proof of Life” is a fast-paced thriller wrapped in a memoir, a must-read for anyone interested in power dynamics, international affairs, or the Middle East. “
About the Author
The son of a diplomat, Daniel Levin spent his early years in the Middle East and in Africa and then trained as a lawyer. Currently a board member of the Liechtenstein Foundation for State Governance, he has, for the past twenty years, worked with governments and development institutions worldwide, focusing on economic development and political reform through financial literacy, political inclusion, and constitutional initiatives. He is also engaged in track 3 diplomacy and mediation efforts in war zones. Levin’s first book, “Nothing but a Circus: Misadventures among the Powerful,” was published in Germany, Japan, Russia, and the UK. “Proof of Life” is his first book to be published in the United States. He lives outside New York City.