Dave Eggers' new book about a young coffee entrepreneur is a heady brew
In 2013, Mokhtar Alkhanshali was a twentysomething San Franciscan who dreamed of reviving the coffee industry in his family’s native Yemen. He was savvy enough to draft a formal business plan, but the potential threats he cited would give a Fortune 500 CEO pause: “Al-Qaeda, corrupt government, pirates in the Red Sea, tribal violence.”
In The Monk of Mokha (Knopf, 323 pp., ★★★½ out of four), Dave Eggers chronicles Alkhanshali’s headstrong, harrowing and ultimately inspirational journey to launch a business in a country descending into civil war.
Along the way, Eggers delivers a concise... read more
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