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The Age of Sacred Terror
Radical Islam's War Against America
Written by Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6984-9 (0-8129-6984-7)

WINNER OF THE ARTHUR ROSS BOOK AWARD;
the "largest U.S. Book Award for International Affairs," sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations.

Recently, in The New York Times, Tom Zeller listed The Age Of Sacred Terror and Richard A. Clarke's Against All Enemies as two of the key books addressing crucial issues now... Read more >

The Flight of the Intellectuals

Written by Paul Berman


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-935554-98-1 (1-935554-98-0)

Twenty years ago, Ayatollah Khomeini called for the assassination of Salman Rushdie–and writers around the world instinctively rallied to Rushdie’s defense. Today, according to writer Paul Berman, “Rushdie has metastasized into an entire social class”–an ever-growing group of sharp-tongued critics of Islamist extremism, especially critics from Muslim backgrounds, who survive only... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.

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The Flight of the Intellectuals
The Controversy Over Islamism and the Press
Written by Paul Berman


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: March 29, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-44-8 (1-935554-44-1)

Twenty years ago, Ayatollah Khomeini called for the assassination of Salman Rushdie–and writers around the world instinctively rallied to Rushdie’s defense. Today, according to writer Paul Berman, “Rushdie has metastasized into an entire social class”–an ever-growing group of sharp-tongued critics of Islamist extremism, especially critics from Muslim backgrounds, who survive only... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Flight of the Intellectuals

Written by Paul Berman


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-933633-51-0 (1-933633-51-4)

It created a worldwide furor when Tariq Ramadan was barred from US entry to accept a prestigious appointment at Notre Dame University. After all, as a major profile in The New York Times Magazine observed, Ramadan is one of the Muslim world’s most charismatic and influential figures, with a long career... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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A Thousand Sighs, A Thousand Revolts
Journeys in Kurdistan
Written by Christiane Bird


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 14, 2005
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-46939-7 (0-345-46939-9)

Though the Kurds played a major military and tactical role in the United States’ recent war with Iraq, most of us know little about this fiercely independent, long-marginalized people. Now acclaimed journalist Christiane Bird, who riveted readers with her tour of Islamic Iran in Neither East Nor West, travels through this... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Warriors of God
Inside Hezbollah's Thirty-Year Struggle Against Israel
Written by Nicholas Blanford


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6836-4 (1-4000-6836-3)

Hezbollah is the most powerful Islamist group operating in the Middle East today, and no other Western journalist has penetrated as deeply inside this secretive organization as Nicholas Blanford. With Warriors and God, Blanford has written the first comprehensive inside account of Hezbollah and its enduring struggle against Israel.

Based on... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Arrows of the Night
Ahmad Chalabi and the Selling of the Iraq War
Written by Richard Bonin


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2876-2 (0-7679-2876-8)

The definitive account of what Iraqi exile Ahmad Chalabi did to manipulate the U.S. government into invading Iraq with his ultimate hope of being placed in power, by longtime 60 Minutes producer Richard Bonin.

Drawing on unparalleled access to Chalabi, Bonin traces the exile’s ingenious efforts to stoke a desire for Iraqi... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Nine Parts of Desire
The Hidden World of Islamic Women
Written by Geraldine Brooks


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47577-8 (0-385-47577-2)

Geraldine Brooks offers an intimate, often shocking portrait of the lives of modern Muslm women, and shows how male pride and despotic power have warped the original message of a once liberating faith. A captivating work of firsthand reportage, Nine Parts of Desire is also an acute analysis of the world's... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hamas
From Resistance to Government
Written by Paola Caridi
Translated by Andrea Teti


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: March 27, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-382-7 (1-60980-382-5)

A nuanced history, through the eyes of the people involved, of one of the most controversial political movements in the world.

The Palestinian elections of 2006 changed modern Middle Eastern history–as well as changing the perception of the Israel/Palestine conflict around the world. How, Westerners asked, could a secular people elect a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Thermopylae
The Battle That Changed the World
Written by Paul Cartledge


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 6, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7918-6 (1-4000-7918-7)

In 480 B.C., the mighty Persian king Xerxes led a massive force to the narrow mountain pass called Thermopylae, anticipating no significant resistance in his bid to conquer Greece. But the Greeks, led by Leonidas and a small army of Spartan warriors, took the battle to the Persians and nearly halted... Read more >

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Imperial Life in the Emerald City
Inside Iraq's Green Zone
Written by Rajiv Chandrasekaran


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 4, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27883-8 (0-307-27883-2)

The Green Zone, Baghdad, 2003: in this walled-off compound of swimming pools and luxurious amenities, Paul Bremer and his Coalition Provisional Authority set out to fashion a new, democratic Iraq. Staffed by idealistic aides chosen primarily for their views on issues such as abortion and capital punishment, the CPA spent the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Imperial Life in the Emerald City
Inside Iraq's Green Zone
Written by Rajiv Chandrasekaran


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 19, 2006
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4487-0 (1-4000-4487-1)

An unprecedented account of life in Baghdad’s Green Zone, a walled-off enclave of towering plants, posh villas, and sparkling swimming pools that was the headquarters for the American occupation of Iraq.

The Washington Post’s former Baghdad bureau chief Rajiv Chandrasekaran takes us with him into the Zone: into a bubble, cut off... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Little America
The War Within the War for Afghanistan
Written by Rajiv Chandrasekaran


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94704-8 (0-307-94704-1)

A New York Times Notable Book
A Washington Post Notable Book
A St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best Book of the Year

The author of the acclaimed bestseller and National Book Award finalist, Imperial Life in the Emerald City, tells the startling, behind-the-scenes story of the US’s political and military misadventure in Afghanistan. In this meticulously... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Little America
The War Within the War for Afghanistan
Written by Rajiv Chandrasekaran


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 26, 2012
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-95714-6 (0-307-95714-4)

From the award-winning author of Imperial Life in the Emerald City, a riveting, intimate account of America’s troubled war in Afghanistan.

When President Barack Obama ordered the surge of troops and aid to Afghanistan, Washington Post correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran followed. He found the effort sabotaged not only by Afghan and Pakistani malfeasance... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Paradise Beneath Her Feet
How Women Are Transforming the Middle East
Written by Isobel Coleman


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7855-1 (0-8129-7855-2)

“Outstanding . . . [Isobel Coleman] takes us into remote villages and urban bureaucracies to find the brave men and women working to create change in the Middle East.”—Los Angeles Times

In this timely and important book, Isobel Coleman shows how Muslim women and men across the Middle East are working within... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Paradise Beneath Her Feet
How Women Are Transforming the Middle East
Written by Isobel Coleman


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6695-7 (1-4000-6695-6)

Over the centuries and throughout the world, women have struggled for equality and basic rights. Their challenge in the Middle East has been intensified by the rise of a political Islam that too often condemns women’s empowerment as Western cultural imperialism or, worse, anti-Islamic. In Paradise Beneath Her Feet, Isobel Coleman... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Routes of Man
Travels in the Paved World
Written by Ted Conover


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7702-1 (1-4000-7702-8)

Roads bind our world—metaphorically and literally—transforming landscapes and the lives of the people who inhabit them. Roads have unparalleled power to impact communities, unite worlds and sunder them, and reveal the hopes and fears of those who travel them.

With his marvelous eye for detail and his contagious enthusiasm, Ted Conover explores... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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From the Holy Mountain
A Journey Among the Christians of the Middle East
Written by William Dalrymple


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94889-2 (0-307-94889-7)

In the spring of A.D. 587, John Moschos and his pupil Sophronius the Sophist embarked on a remarkable expedition across the entire Byzantine world, traveling from the shores of Bosphorus to the sand dunes of Egypt. Using Moschos’s writings as his guide and inspiration, the acclaimed travel writer William Dalrymple retraces... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Return of a King
The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42
Written by William Dalrymple


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94853-3 (0-307-94853-6)

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

In 1839, nearly 20,000 British troops poured through the mountain passes into Afghanistan and installed the exiled Shah Shuja on the throne as their puppet. But after little more than two years, the Afghans exploded into rebellion. The British were forced to retreat—and were... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Struggle for Iran

Written by Christopher de Bellaigue


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: May 22, 2007
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-238-4 (1-59017-238-8)

Who rules Iran, and how secure is their grip on a young and restless society? How should the world respond to allegations that the Islamic Republic is building nuclear weapons and supporting terrorists?

Christopher de Bellaigue traces Iran’s political upheavals since the early 1990s, from the failures of the reformist efforts... Read more >

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Algerian White
A Narrative
Written by Assia Djebar
Translated by David Kelley and Marjolijn de Jager


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-516-5 (1-58322-516-1)

In Algerian White, Assia Djebar weaves a tapestry of the epic and bloody ongoing struggle in her country between Islamic fundamentalism and the post-colonial civil society. Many Algerian writers and intellectuals have died tragically and violently since the 1956 struggle for independence. They include three beloved friends of Djebar: Mahfoud Boucebi... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Sex and the Citadel
Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World
Written by Shereen El Feki


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 21, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-39029-5 (0-307-39029-2)

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

As the “Arab Spring” and its aftermath sweep streets and squares, parliaments and presidential palaces of the Middle East, Shereen El Feki—an award-winning Canadian-Egyptian journalist—has been looking at unrest a little closer to home: in the sexual lives of Arab men and women. The... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Sex and the Citadel
Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World
Written by Shereen El Feki


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37739-5 (0-307-37739-3)

If you really want to know a people, start by looking inside their bedrooms.

As political change sweeps the streets and squares, the parliaments and presidential palaces of the Arab world, Shereen El Feki has been looking at an upheaval a little closer to home—in the sexual lives of men and women... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

The Battle for Egypt

Written by Yasmine El Rashidi
Preface by Timothy Garton Ash


Format: eBook, 69 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: May 17, 2011
Price: $4.99
ISBN: 978-1-59017-514-9 (1-59017-514-X)

In a series of riveting dispatches, Cairo native Yasmine El Rashidi provides an eyewitness account of the entire 2011 Egyptian Revolution as it unfolded, from its origins in the days leading up to the first January 25 protest in Tahrir Square through the violent confrontations with the regime and the fall... Read more >

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Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Written by Edward Erickson


Format: Trade Paperback, 53 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: August 20, 2013
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-78096-590-1 (1-78096-590-7)

Mustafa Kemal was one of the 20th century’s greatest combat commanders. Winston Churchill labeled him as a ‘Man of Destiny’, his service at Gallipoli and in the War of Independence were pivotal in the success of Turkish armies. Moreover, after leading the Nationalist army to victory and establishing the modern Turkish... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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