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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 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 >
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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 >
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Preachers of Hate
Islam and the War on America
Written by Kenneth R. Timmerman


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: November 23, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5373-5 (1-4000-5373-0)

In Preachers of Hate, author and journalist Kenneth Timmerman examines an ancient hatred that, he contends, has developed into a new, more threatening, and more expansive form. This new hatred, or “new” anti-Semitism, targets not only Jews, but Americans specifically, and Western values, lifestyle, and freedoms in general.

Timmerman explores the... Read more >

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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 >
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An Afghanistan Picture Show
Or, How I Saved the World
Written by William T. Vollmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: July 30, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-198-0 (1-61219-198-3)

A personal account of the origins of America's longest war, never before available in paperback and all but invisible for twenty years.

In 1982, the young William Vollmann worked odd jobs, including as a secretary at an insurance company, until he’d saved up enough money to go to Afghanistan, where he wanted... Read more >
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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 >
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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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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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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)

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 hallmark insight into the forces at play in... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Last Great Revolution
Turmoil and Transformation in Iran
Written by Robin Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 13, 2001
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70630-1 (0-375-70630-5)

Robin Wright has reported from over 120 countries for many leading news organizations, but her perceptive coverage of Iran has garnered her the most respect and praise among her colleagues. In The Last Great Revolution, Wright meticulously describes the ongoing transformation of society, politics and religion that ranges from the empowerment... Read more >
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Embracing the Infidel
Stories of Muslim Migrants on the Journey West
Written by Behzad Yaghmaian


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: October 31, 2006
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38294-5 (0-553-38294-2)

“Like Günter Walraff and other practitioners of the dying craft of investigative journalism, Yaghmaian has given a voice to people whose tales have not been told before. In doing so, he has written one of the essential documents of our times and shown once again what journalism can do when it... Read more >
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My Sister, Guard Your Veil; My Brother, Guard Your Eyes
Uncensored Iranian Voices
Edited by Lila Azam Zanganeh


Format: Trade Paperback, 152 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0463-0 (0-8070-0463-4)

My Sister, Guard Your Veil; My Brother, Guard Your Eyes aims to corrode fixed ideas and turns cultural and political clichés on their heads . . . Iranians themselves live in a complex and schizophrenic reality, at a surreal crossroads between political Islam and satellite television, massive national oil revenues, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Hidden History of 9/11

Edited by Paul Zarembka


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: August 5, 2008
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-825-8 (1-58322-825-X)

How much insider trading occurred in the days leading up to 9-11? How compromised is the evidence against alleged hijackers? Why were there no military interceptions? To what extent does the testimony of more than five hundred firefighters differ from official reports of what happened at the World Trade Center buildings... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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