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Arik
The Life of Ariel Sharon
Written by David Landau


Format: Hardcover, 656 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 10, 2014
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4241-8 (1-4000-4241-0)

From the former editor in chief of Haaretz, the first in-depth, comprehensive biography of Ariel Sharon, the most dramatic and imposing Israeli political and military leader of the last forty years.

The life of Ariel Sharon spans much of modern Israel’s history. A commander in the Israeli Army from its inception in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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A History of Zionism
From the French Revolution to the Establishment of the State of Israel
Written by Walter Laqueur


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: May 20, 2003
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1149-8 (0-8052-1149-7)

With a new preface by the author

The definitive general history of the Zionist movement, by one of the most distinguished historians of our time.

Walter Laqueur traces Zionism from its beginnings—with the emancipation of European Jewry from the ghettos in the wake of the French Revolution—to 1948, when the Zionist dream became... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Seven Pillars of Wisdom
A Triumph (The Authorized Doubleday/Doran Edition)
Written by T.E. Lawrence


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 1, 1991
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-41895-9 (0-385-41895-7)

In Seven Pillars of Wisdom, T. E. Lawrence—universally known as Lawrence of Arabia—tells the story of his role in the Arab revolt against the Turks. It was a minor, diversionary theater of World War I for the British, whose focus was on the European front, but a profoundly meaningful struggle for... Read more >

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Embracing Israel/Palestine
A Strategy to Heal and Transform the Middle East
Written by Michael Lerner


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: November 22, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-307-6 (1-58394-307-2)

A major modern conundrum is how the Arab/Israel conflict remains unresolved and, seemingly, irresolvable. In this inspirational book, Rabbi Michael Lerner suggests that a change in consciousness is crucial. With clarity and honesty, he examines how the mutual demonization and discounting of each sides’ legitimate needs drive the debate, and he... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Beaufort

Written by Ron Leshem
Translated by Evan Fallenberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: February 24, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38529-8 (0-553-38529-1)

Beaufort. To the handful of Israeli soldiers occupying the ancient crusader fortress, it is a little slice of hell—a forbidding, fear-soaked enclave perched atop two acres of land in southern Lebanon, surrounded by an enemy they cannot see. And to the thirteen young men in his command, twenty-one-year-old Lieutenant Liraz “Erez”... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Enemy Within
Terror, Lies, and the Whitewashing of Omar Khadr
Written by Ezra Levant


Format: Hardcover, 264 pages
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
On Sale: January 9, 2012
Price: $27.99
ISBN: 978-0-7710-4600-1 (0-7710-4600-6)

A controversial look at the headline-making story of the last Western prisoner at Guantanamo Bay and the larger implications to national security, justice, and international relations.

Omar Khadr is the last Western prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre. He has been held at the American naval base since October 2002... Read more >
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The Oil and the Glory
The Pursuit of Empire and Fortune on the Caspian Sea
Written by Steve Levine


Format: Hardcover, 496 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: October 23, 2007
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-50614-7 (0-375-50614-4)

Remote, forbidding, and volatile, the Caspian Sea long tantalized the world with its vast oil reserves. But outsiders, blocked by the closed Soviet system, couldn’t get to it. Then the Soviet Union collapsed, and a wholesale rush into the region erupted. Along with oilmen, representatives of the world’s leading nations flocked... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Crisis of Islam
Holy War and Unholy Terror
Written by Bernard Lewis


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 2, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6785-2 (0-8129-6785-2)

“Terrorism requires only a few. Obviously the West must defend itself by whatever means will be effective. But in devising means to fight the terrorists, it would surely be useful to understand the forces that drive them.” —from the Introduction

In The Crisis of Islam, Bernard Lewis examines the historical roots of... Read more >

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A Middle East Mosaic
Fragments of Life, Letters and History
Written by Bernard Lewis


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 13, 2001
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75837-9 (0-375-75837-2)

In times of war and in peace, from the earliest days of the Roman Empire to our own, Westerners have traveled to the lands of the Middle East, bringing back accounts of their adventures and impressions. But it was never a one-way journey. In this spirited collection of Western views of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Multiple Identities of the Middle East

Written by Bernard Lewis


Format: Trade Paperback, 180 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 30, 2001
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1118-4 (0-8052-1118-7)

The Middle East is the birthplace of ancient civilizations, but most of the modern states that occupy its territory today are of recent origin, as are many key concepts of communal and individual identity and loyalty that the peoples of the region now confront. In The Multiple Identities of the Middle... Read more >

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Captivity
118 Days in Iraq and the Struggle for a World Without War
Written by James Loney


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage Canada
On Sale: April 24, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39928-1 (0-307-39928-1)

The powerful account of the remarkable peace activist kidnapped while leading a peace delegation and held for ransom by Iraqi insurgents until his paradoxical release by a crack unit of Special Forces commandos.

In November 2005, James Loney and three other men – Canadian Harmeet Singh Sooden, British citizen Norman Kember and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Right to Exist
A Moral Defense of Israel's Wars
Written by Yaacov Lozowick


Format: Trade Paperback, 348 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3243-3 (1-4000-3243-1)

For more than a half-century, Israel has been forced to defend its existence against international political disapproval, racist calumny, and violence visited upon its citizens by terrorists of many stripes. While nations have always been made to defend their moral, political, economic, or social actions, Israel has the unique plight of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Crusades Through Arab Eyes

Written by Amin Maalouf


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: April 29, 1989
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0898-6 (0-8052-0898-4)

Translated by Jon Rothschild.  Maalouf has combed the works of contemporary Arab chroniclers of the Crusades, eyewitnesses and often participants, to give us "a readable and entertaining mirror image of events that are as familiar in the West as fairy tales" (The New Yorker). The book is a vivid portrait of a... Read more >

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Travels with a Tangerine
From Morocco to Turkey in the Footsteps of Islam's Greatest Traveler
Written by Tim Mackintosh-Smith
Illustrated by Martin Yeoman


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 8, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7164-4 (0-8129-7164-7)

In 1325, the great Arab traveler Ibn Battutah set out from his native Tangier in North Africa on pilgrimage to Mecca. By the time he returned nearly thirty years later, he had seen most of the known world, covering three times the distance allegedly traveled by the great Venetian explorer Marco... Read more >

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Paris 1919
Six Months That Changed the World
Written by Margaret MacMillan
Foreword by Richard Holbrooke


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76052-5 (0-375-76052-0)

• Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize
• Winner of the PEN Hessell Tiltman Prize
• Winner of the Duff Cooper Prize

Between January and July 1919, after “the war to end all wars,” men and women from around the world converged on Paris to shape the peace. Center stage, for the first time... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Ayatollah Begs to Differ
The Paradox of Modern Iran
Written by Hooman Majd


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 28, 2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2801-4 (0-7679-2801-6)

A Los Angeles Times and Economist Best Book of the Year

With a New Preface

The grandson of an eminent ayatollah and the son of an Iranian diplomat, journalist Hooman Majd is uniquely qualified to explain contemporary Iran's complex and misunderstood culture to Western readers.

The Ayatollah Begs to Differ provides an intimate look... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay
An American Family in Iran
Written by Hooman Majd


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94669-0 (0-307-94669-X)

In February 2011, Hooman Majd disembarked at the Tehran airport, a place he had passed through many times to visit family or accompany a news crew. But this time he had his wife, Karri; his infant son, Khash; and an oversize stroller in tow—and plans to stay for a year. Few... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay
An American Family in Iran
Written by Hooman Majd


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53532-8 (0-385-53532-5)

With U.S.–Iran relations at a thirty-year low, Iranian-American writer Hooman Majd dared to take his young family on a year-long sojourn in Tehran. The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay traces their domestic adventures and closely tracks the political drama of a terrible year for Iran's government.

It was an... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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From Fatwa to Jihad
The Rushdie Affair and Its Aftermath
Written by Kenan Malik


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-1-61219-405-9 (1-61219-405-2)

Twenty years after the Rushdie fatwa, From Fatwa to Jihad tells, for the first time, the full story of this defining episode and explores its repercussions and resonance through to contemporary debates about Islam, terror, free speech and Western values.

When a thousand Muslim protesters paraded through a British town with a copy... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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What Does Al Qaeda Want?
Unedited Communiques
Commentaries by Robert Marlin


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: November 23, 2004
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-548-5 (1-55643-548-7)

In the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, al-Qaeda has become the most infamous terrorist organization in history. While their actions are deplorable, it remains a populist and idealist movement - and one that continues to spread. Despite heavy media coverage, most people are unaware of the group's ultimate goals.

Sampling from... Read more >

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Salaam, Love
American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy
Edited by Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 4, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7975-1 (0-8070-7975-8)

From the editors of the groundbreaking anthology Love, InshAllah comes a provocative new exploration of the most intimate parts of Muslim men’s lives. 
 
Muslim men are stereotyped as either oversexed Casanovas willing to die for seventy-two virgins in heaven or controlling, big-bearded husbands ready to rampage at the hint of dishonor. The truth... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Beyond Bin Laden
America and the Future of Terror
Written by James A. Baker III, Karen Hughes, Richard N. Haass and Bing West
Edited by Jon Meacham


Format: eBook, 75 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: May 9, 2011
Price: $1.99
ISBN: 978-0-679-64449-1 (0-679-64449-0)

To purchase a copy of this ebook, please see the "buy" links on the right-hand side.
In Random House's first instant e-Book, award-winning author and Executive Editor at Random House, Jon Meacham, presents a new collection of essays on Osama bin Laden.

Osama bin Laden was the most wanted man in American history—an... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download.

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Inheriting the Holy Land
An American's Search for Hope in the Middle East
Written by Jennifer Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 19, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-46925-0 (0-345-46925-9)

Writing with fierce honesty, Jennifer Miller has created an extraordinary synthesis of history, reportage, and coming-of-age memoir in Inheriting the Holy Land. Her groundbreaking perspective on the conflict is presented through interviews with young Israelis and Palestinians and conversations with some of the most influential officials involved in the Middle East... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Honeymoon in Tehran
Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran
Written by Azadeh Moaveni


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7790-5 (0-8129-7790-4)

Azadeh Moaveni, longtime Middle East correspondent for Time magazine, returns to Iran to cover the rise of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Living and working in Tehran, she finds a nation that openly yearns for freedom and contact with the West but whose economic grievances and nationalist spirit find an outlet in Ahmadinejad’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Geopolitics of Emotion
How Cultures of Fear, Humiliation, and Hope are Reshaping the World
Written by Dominique Moisi


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38737-0 (0-307-38737-2)

In the first book to investigate the far-reaching emotional impact of globalization, Dominique Moïsi shows how the geopolitics of today is characterized by a “clash of emotions.” The West, he argues, is dominated and divided by fear. For Muslims and Arabs, a culture of humiliation is quickly devolving into a culture... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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