A little over a year ago, Middle Eastern scholar Kamal Azari approached me and asked if I would edit his book proposing a new concept for democratic government in the Middle East and North Africa. I agreed, and after 12 months of intense work, Axis of Hope was born. How good is it? This week, Kirkus Review called it "a timely, serious, and original contribution to one of the most pressing problems of our time. You can read the full (and extremely positive) review here. Special thanks to Marisa Keller for her astonishing proofreading skills.