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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Cairo
Memoir of a City Transformed
Written by Ahdaf Soueif


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-90810-0 (0-307-90810-0)

From the best-selling author of The Map of Love, here is a bracing firsthand account of the Egyptian revolution—told with the narrative instincts of a novelist, the gritty insights of an activist, and the long perspective of a native Cairene.

Since January 25, 2011, when thousands of Egyptians gathered in Tahrir Square... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Mezzaterra
Fragments from the Common Ground
Written by Ahdaf Soueif


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 11, 2005
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9663-3 (1-4000-9663-4)

From the bestselling author of the Booker Prize finalist The Map of Love—an incisive collection of essays on Arab identity, art, and politics that seeks to locate the mezzaterra, or common ground, in an increasingly globalized world.

The twenty-five years’ worth of criticism and commentary collected here have earned Ahdaf Soueif a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Every Man in This Village Is a Liar
An Education in War
Written by Megan Stack


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 14, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3034-5 (0-7679-3034-7)

A National Book Award Finalist

A few weeks after the planes crashed into the World Trade Center, journalist Megan K. Stack was thrust into Afghanistan and Pakistan, dodging gunmen, prodding warlords for information, and witnessing the changes sweeping the Muslim world. Every Man in This Village Is a Liar is her... Read more >

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The Southern Gates of Arabia
A Journey in the Hadhramaut
Written by Freya Stark
Introduction by Jane Fletcher Geniesse


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 24, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75754-9 (0-375-75754-6)

In 1934, famed British traveler Freya Stark sailed down the Red Sea, alighting in Aden, located at the tip of the Arabian peninsula. From this backwater outpost, Stark set forth on what was to be her most unforgettable adventure: Following the ancient frankincense routes of the Hadhramaut Valley, the most fertile... Read more >

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The Valleys of the Assassins
and Other Persian Travels
Written by Freya Stark


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 24, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75753-2 (0-375-75753-8)

Hailed as a classic upon its first publication in 1934, The Valleys of the Assassins firmly established Freya Stark as one of her generation's most intrepid explorers. The book chronicles her travels into Luristan, the mountainous terrain nestled between Iraq and present-day Iran, often with only a single guide and on... Read more >

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The Landmark Herodotus
The Histories
Written by Robert B. Strassler


Format: Trade Paperback, 1024 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3114-6 (1-4000-3114-1)

From the editor of the widely praised The Landmark Thucydides, a new Landmark Edition of The Histories by Herodotus.

Cicero called Herodotus "the father of history," and his only work, The Histories, is considered the first true piece of historical writing in Western literature. With lucid prose, Herodotus's account of the rise... Read more >

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The Iraq Study Group Report
The Way Forward - A New Approach
Written by The Iraq Study Group, James A. Baker III and Lee H. Hamilton


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 6, 2006
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38656-4 (0-307-38656-2)

On March 15, 2006, members from both parties in Congress supported the creation of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group to review the situation on the ground and propose strategies for the way forward. For more than eight months, the Study Group met with military officers, regional experts, academics, journalists, and high-level... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A History of Egypt
From Earliest Times to the Present
Written by Jason Thompson


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47352-3 (0-307-47352-X)

In A History of Egypt, Jason Thompson has written the first one-volume work to encompass all 5,000 years of Egyptian history, highlighting the surprisingly strong connections between the ancient land of the Pharaohs and the modern-day Arab nation.

No country's past can match Egypt's in antiquity, richness, and variety. However, it... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Siege of Mecca
The 1979 Uprising at Islam's Holiest Shrine
Written by Yaroslav Trofimov


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 9, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27773-2 (0-307-27773-9)

Winner of the Washington Institute of Near East Policy’s Gold Prize

In The Siege of Mecca, acclaimed journalist Yaroslav Trofimov pulls back the curtain on a thrilling, pivotal, and overlooked episode of modern history, examining its repercussions on the Middle East and the world.

On November 20, 1979, worldwide attention was focused on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Overcoming Speechlessness
A Poet Encounters the Horror in Rwanda, Eastern Congo, and Palestine/Israel
Written by Alice Walker


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-917-0 (1-58322-917-5)

In 2006, Alice Walker, working with Women for Women International, visited Rwanda and the eastern Congo to witness the aftermath of the genocide in Kigali. Invited by Code Pink, an antiwar group working to end the Iraq War, Walker traveled to Palestine/Israel three years later to view the devastation on the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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DESERT QUEEN
The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia
Written by Janet Wallach


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 12, 2005
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9619-0 (1-4000-9619-7)

Turning away from the privileged world of the "eminent Victorians," Gertrude Bell (1868–1926) explored, mapped, and excavated the world of the Arabs. Recruited by British intelligence during World War I, she played a crucial role in obtaining the loyalty of Arab leaders, and her connections and information provided the brains to... Read more >

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Searching for Hassan
A Journey to the Heart of Iran
Written by Terence Ward


Format: Trade Paperback, 354 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 4, 2003
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3223-5 (1-4000-3223-7)

The unique culture of Iran and the sweep of its history are revealed in this evocative travelogue of an American family searching for a lost friend in the country of their youth.

Growing up in Tehran in the 1960s, Terence Ward and his brothers were watched over by Hassan, the family’s cook... Read more >

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Koranic Allusions
The Biblical, Qumranian, and Pre-Islamic Background to the Koran
Edited by Ibn Warraq


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: August 27, 2013
Price: $32.00
ISBN: 978-1-61614-759-4 (1-61614-759-8)

Scholars have long known that the text of the Koran shows evidence of many influences from religious sources outside Islam. For example, stories in the Koran about Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other characters from the Bible obviously come from the Jewish Torah and the Christian Gospels. But there is also evidence... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Triple Agent
The al-Qaeda Mole who Infiltrated the CIA
Written by Joby Warrick


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74231-5 (0-307-74231-8)

In December 2009, a group of the CIA’s top terrorist hunters gathered at a secret base in Afghanistan to greet a rising superspy: Humam Khalil al-Balawi, a Jordanian who had infiltrated the upper ranks of al-Qaeda. For months, he had sent shocking revelations from inside the terrorist network and now promised... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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The Triple Agent
The al-Qaeda Mole who Infiltrated the CIA
Written by Joby Warrick


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: July 19, 2011
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53418-5 (0-385-53418-3)

A stunning narrative account of the mysterious Jordanian who penetrated both the inner circle of al-Qaeda and the highest reaches of the CIA, with a devastating impact on the war on terror.

In December 2009, a group of the CIA’s top terrorist hunters gathered at a secret base in Khost, Afghanistan, to... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Tent of Abraham
Stories of Hope and Peace for Jews, Christians, and Muslims
Written by Arthur Waskow, Joan Chittister and Saadi Shakur Chishti


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7729-0 (0-8070-7729-1)

The Tent of Abraham is the first book to tell the entire story of Abraham and to reenergize it as a basis for peace. Written by three leaders belonging to different faiths, the book explores in accessible language the mythic quality and the teachings of reconciliation that are embedded in the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism

Written by George Weigel


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: November 10, 2009
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52478-0 (0-385-52478-1)

With an unsettled Middle East, al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups actively plotting against America and its allies, and spillover from religious conflict in Muslim countries spreading instability and violence worldwide, George Weigel’s Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism is an acute analysis of one of the most dynamic forces in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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No True Glory
A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah
Written by Bing West


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: September 26, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38319-5 (0-553-38319-1)

"This is the face of war as only those who have fought it can describe it."–Senator John McCain

Fallujah: Iraq’s most dangerous city unexpectedly emerged as the major battleground of the Iraqi insurgency. For twenty months, one American battalion after another tried to quell the violence, culminating in a bloody, full-scale assault... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Infidels
A History of the Conflict Between Christendom and Islam
Written by Andrew Wheatcroft


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 3, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7239-9 (0-8129-7239-2)

Here is the first panoptic history of the long struggle between the Christian West and Islam.

In this dazzlingly written, acutely nuanced account, Andrew Wheatcroft tracks a deep fault line of animosity between civilizations. He begins with a stunning account of the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, then turns to the main... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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At Home in Exile
Why Diaspora Is Good for the Jews
Written by Alan Wolfe


Format: Hardcover, 296 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3313-5 (0-8070-3313-8)

Since the beginnings of Zionism in the twentieth century, many Jewish thinkers have considered it close to heresy to validate life in the Diaspora. Jews in Europe and America faced “a life of pointless struggle and futile suffering, of ambivalence, confusion, and eternal impotence,” as one early Zionist philosopher wrote, echoing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Looming Tower
Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
Written by Lawrence Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 21, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3084-2 (1-4000-3084-6)

A gripping narrative that spans five decades, The Looming Tower explains in unprecedented detail the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, the rise of al-Qaeda, and the intelligence failures that culminated in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Lawrence Wright re-creates firsthand the transformation of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri from... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Looming Tower
Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
Written by Lawrence Wright


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 8, 2006
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41486-2 (0-375-41486-X)

A sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright’s remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Thirteen Days in September
Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David
Written by Lawrence Wright


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 16, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-35203-1 (0-385-35203-4)

New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year 

A gripping day-by-day account of the 1978 Camp David conference, when President Jimmy Carter persuaded Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to sign the first peace treaty in the modern Middle East, one which endures to this day.

With his... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.
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