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Earth and Ashes

Written by Atiq Rahimi


Format: Hardcover, 96 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: August 24, 2010
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-345-3 (1-59051-345-2)

Earth and Ashes is the spare, powerful story of an Afghan man, Dastaguir, trying desperately to reach his son Murad, who has left his village to earn a living working at a mine. In the meantime the village has been bombed by the Russian army, and Dastaguir, with his newly-deaf grandson... Read more >
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The Patience Stone
The Patience Stone
Written by Atiq Rahimi
Translated by Polly Mclean
Introduction by Khaled Hosseini


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: January 19, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-344-6 (1-59051-344-4)

“For far too long, Afghan women have been faceless and voiceless. Until now. With The Patience Stone, Atiq Rahimi gives face and voice to one unforgettable woman—and, one could argue, offers her as a proxy for the grievances of millions…it is a rich read, part allegory, part a tale of retribution... Read more >
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Osama
The Making of a Terrorist
Written by Jonathan Randal


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 13, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70823-7 (0-375-70823-5)

How is it possible for one middle-aged Saudi millionaire to threaten the world's only superpower? This is the question at the center of Jonathan Randal's riveting, timely account of Osama bin Laden's life and role in the rise of terrorism in the Middle East. Randal traces the current sources of Osama's... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Against War with Iraq
An Anti-War Primer
Written by Michael Ratner, Jennie Green and Barbara Olshansky


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: March 4, 2003
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-591-2 (1-58322-591-9)

Despite public outcry at home and international opposition abroad, the Bush Administration deployed troops and invested millions in preparation for a massive military assault on Iraq. In this Open Media Series special edition, three legal scholars from the Center for Constitutional Rights argue persuasively that the looming war against Iraq is... Read more >
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Those Who Forget the Past
The Question of Anti-Semitism
Afterword by Cynthia Ozick
Edited by Ron Rosenbaum


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7203-0 (0-8129-7203-1)

"Rosenbaum's outstanding compilation of nearly 50 sharp essays has the advantage of not only displaying a wide range of views but juxtaposing pieces in debate with one another...This is an estimable collection and may find a place with course adopters as well as common readers." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

After the horrors... Read more >
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Shattered Hopes
The Failure Of Obama's Middle East Peace Process
Written by Josh Ruebner


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-120-6 (1-78168-120-1)

President Barack Obama’s first trip abroad in his second term took him to Israel and the Palestinian West Bank, where he despondently admitted to those waiting for words of encouragement, “It is a hard slog to work through all of these issues.” Contrast this gloomy assessment with Obama’s optimism on the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Step Across This Line
Collected Nonfiction 1992-2002
Written by Salman Rushdie


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 30, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-78349-7 (0-679-78349-0)

The essays, speeches, and opinion pieces assembled in Step Across This Line, written over the last ten years, cover an astonishing range of subjects. The collection chronicles Rushdie’s intellectual odyssey and is also an especially personal look into the writer’s psyche.

With the same fierce intelligence, uncanny social commentary, and very strong... Read more >
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Future Tense
Jews, Judaism, and Israel in the Twenty-first Century
Written by Jonathan Sacks


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: April 20, 2010
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4269-0 (0-8052-4269-4)

One of the most admired religious thinkers of our time issues a call for world Jewry to reject the self-fulfilling image of “a people alone in the world, surrounded by enemies” and to reclaim Judaism’s original sense of purpose: as a partner with God and with those of other faiths in... Read more >
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The End of the Peace Process
Oslo and After
Written by Edward W. Said


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 8, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72574-6 (0-375-72574-1)

"You don't have to agree with Said to admire him...His voice...is deep, rich and courageous in what is often a scripted and dishonest international dispute."—The New York Times Book Review

Soon after the Oslo accords were signed in September 1993 by Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization, Edward Said predicted that... Read more >
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From Oslo to Iraq and the Road Map
Essays
Written by Edward W. Said


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 9, 2005
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7671-0 (1-4000-7671-4)

In his final book, completed just before his death, Edward W. Said offers impassioned pleas for the beleaguered Palestinian cause from one of its most eloquent spokesmen. These essays, which originally appeared in Cairo’s Al-Ahram Weekly, London’s Al-Hayat, and the London Review of Books, take us from the Oslo Accords through... Read more >
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Peace And Its Discontents
Essays on Palestine in the Middle East Peace Process
Written by Edward W. Said


Format: Trade Paperback, 228 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 3, 1996
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76725-1 (0-679-76725-8)

In this probing and impassioned collection of essays, Edward Said explains why the much-vaunted peace process between Israel and the Palestinian people has yet to produce peace--and is unlikely to as presently constituted.  Whether Said is addressing the fatal flaws in the PLO's bargain, denouncing fundamentalists on both sides of the religious... Read more >
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The Politics of Dispossession
The Struggle for Palestinian Self-Determination, 1969-1994
Written by Edward W. Said


Format: Trade Paperback, 516 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 30, 1995
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76145-7 (0-679-76145-4)

In this collection of thirty-nine essays--which have appeared over the past twenty-five years in a wide range of publications--Said explores the issues behind the Palestinian struggle for statehood.  He provides a detailed context for understanding the recent autonomy agreement between the P.L.O. and Israel; critically assesses of United States policy toward the... Read more >
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Power, Politics, and Culture

Written by Edward W. Said


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 27, 2002
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3066-8 (1-4000-3066-8)

Edward Said has long been considered one of the world’s most compelling public intellectuals, taking on a remarkable array of topics with his many publications. But no single book has encompassed the vast scope of his stimulating erudition quite like Power, Politics, and Culture, a collection of interviews from the last... Read more >
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The Question of Palestine

Written by Edward W. Said


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 7, 1992
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73988-3 (0-679-73988-2)

Updated with a new Preface and Epilogue in 1992.  Praised as "a compelling call for identity and justice" (Anthony Lewis) when first published in 1977, Said's impassioned and authoritative account of the history and politics of Palestine and the struggles of the Palestinian people has now been expanded to portray the changed... Read more >

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The Invention of the Land of Israel
From Holy Land to Homeland
Written by Shlomo Sand
Translated by Geremy Forman


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: April 1, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-083-4 (1-78168-083-3)

What is a homeland and when does it become a national territory? Why have so many people been willing to die for such places throughout the twentieth century? What is the essence of the Promised Land? Following the acclaimed and controversial The Invention of the Jewish People, Shlomo Sand examines the... Read more >
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Persepolis 2
The Story of a Return
Written by Marjane Satrapi


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: August 2, 2005
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71466-5 (0-375-71466-9)

In Persepolis, heralded by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the freshest and most original memoirs of our day,” Marjane Satrapi dazzled us with her heartrending memoir-in-comic-strips about growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Here is the continuation of her fascinating story. In 1984, Marjane flees fundamentalism and... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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The Myth of the Muslim Tide
Do Immigrants Threaten the West?
Written by Doug Saunders


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 21, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95117-5 (0-307-95117-0)

From the author of prize-winning Arrival City, a controversial and long-overdue rejoinder to the excessive fears of an Islamic threat that have spread throughout America and Europe and threaten our basic values.

Since September 11, 2001, a growing chorus has warned that Western society and values are at risk of being... Read more >
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The Process
1,100 Days that Changed the Middle East
Written by Uri Savir


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 29, 1999
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74561-7 (0-679-74561-0)

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

"Meet your Enemy Number One," a nervous Norwegian diplomat said to Uri Savir, the young director-general of Israel's Foreign Ministry, as he introduced him to Abu Ala, one of Yasser Arafat's top aides. They were in Oslo, and this was the first official... Read more >
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The Balfour Declaration
The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Written by Jonathan Schneer


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 3, 2012
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7603-8 (0-8129-7603-7)

Winner, 2010 National Jewish Book Award (Writing Based on Archival Material)

Issued in London in 1917, the Balfour Declaration was one of the key documents of the twentieth century. It committed Britain to supporting the establishment in Palestine of “a National Home for the Jewish people,” and its reverberations continue to be... Read more >
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Sons of Abraham
A Candid Conversation about the Issues That Divide and Unite Jews and Muslims
Written by Rabbi Marc Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali
Foreword by President Bill Clinton
Introduction by Samuel G. Freedman


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3307-4 (0-8070-3307-3)

A prominent rabbi and imam, each raised in orthodoxy, overcome the temptations of bigotry and work to bridge the chasm between Muslims and Jews
 
Rabbi Marc Schneier, the eighteenth generation of a distinguished rabbinical dynasty, grew up deeply suspicious of Muslims, believing them all to be anti-Semitic. Imam Shamsi Ali, who grew... Read more >
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My Promised Land
The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
Written by Ari Shavit


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52170-3 (0-385-52170-7)

A New York Times Notable Book
Natan Book Award Winner
National Jewish Book Award Winner
A Sophie Brody ALA Honor Book

An authoritative and deeply personal narrative history of the State of Israel, by one of the most influential journalists writing about the Middle East today

Not since Thomas L. Friedman’s groundbreaking From Beirut to Jerusalem... Read more >

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When the Birds Stopped Singing
Life in Ramallah Under Siege
Written by Raja Shehadeh


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: August 10, 2003
Price: $13.99
ISBN: 978-1-58642-069-7 (1-58642-069-0)

"This short, powerful book should be required reading for anyone who has ever wondered what it's like to be an ordinary citizen living in a war zone. Shehadeh's view of the volatile Israeli-Palestinian conflict is certainly not neutral, dealing with his emotions and experiences during Israel's incursion into his West Bank... Read more >
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Lion of Jordan
The Life of King Hussein in War and Peace
Written by Avi Shlaim


Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7828-8 (1-4000-7828-8)

The first major account of the life of an extraordinary soldier and statesman, King Hussein of Jordan.

Throughout his long reign (1953—1999), Hussein remained a dominant figure in Middle Eastern politics and a consistent proponent of peace with Israel. For over forty years he walked a tightrope between Palestinians and Arab radicals... Read more >
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They Can't Represent Us!
Reinventing Democracy From Greece To Occupy
Written by Marina Sitrin and Dario Azzellini
Foreword by David Harvey


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-097-1 (1-78168-097-3)

Mass protest movements in disparate places such as Greece, Argentina, and the United States ultimately share an agenda—to raise the question of what democracy should mean. These horizontalist movements, including Occupy, exercise and claim participatory democracy as the ground of revolutionary social change today.

Written by two international activist intellectuals and based on extensive interviews with movement... Read more >
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The Strong Horse
Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations
Written by Lee Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2180-0 (0-7679-2180-1)

In this provocative and timely book, Middle East expert Lee Smith overturns long-held
Western myths and assumptions about the Arab world, offering advice for America’s future success in the region.
 
Seeking the motivation behind the September 11 attacks, Smith moved to Cairo, where he discovered that the standard explanation–a clash of East and... Read more >
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