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Between War and Peace
Lessons from Afghanistan to Iraq
Written by Victor Hanson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7273-3 (0-8129-7273-2)

In his acclaimed collection An Autumn of War, the scholar and military historian Victor Davis Hanson expressed powerful and provocative views of September 11 and the ensuing war in Afghanistan. Now, in Between War and Peace, a collection of challenging new essays, he examines the world’s ongoing war on terrorism, from... Read more >
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The People Reloaded
The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran's Future
Edited by Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: January 25, 2011
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-38-7 (1-935554-38-7)

A definitive collection of essays and documents on the movement behind Iran's mass protests

Since June of 2009, the Islamic Republic of Iran has seen the most dramatic political upheaval in its three decades of rule. What began as a series of mass protests over the official results of a presidential election—engendering... Read more >
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After the Prophet
The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam
Written by Lesley Hazleton


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52394-3 (0-385-52394-7)

In this gripping narrative history, Lesley Hazleton tells the tragic story at the heart of the ongoing rivalry between the Sunni and Shia branches of Islam, a rift that dominates the news now more than ever.

Even as Muhammad lay dying, the battle over who would take control of the new Islamic... Read more >
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Revolution in the Age of Social Media
The Egyptian Popular Insurrection and the Internet
Written by Linda Herrera


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: May 20, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-275-3 (1-78168-275-5)

Egypt's January 25 revolution was triggered by a Facebook page and played out both in virtual spaces and the streets. Social media serves as a space of liberation, but it also functions as an arena where competing forces vie over the minds of the young as they battle over ideas as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Arab-Israeli Wars
War and Peace in the Middle East
Written by Chaim Herzog and Shlomo Gazit


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 2005
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7963-6 (1-4000-7963-2)

Now in its third edition, this classic study has been updated for the first time in more than twenty years.

Chaim Herzog, former President of Israel, was involved in every conflict involving Israel and its Arab neighbors from before the 1948 War of Independence. The Arab-Israeli Wars is Herzog’s acclaimed history of... Read more >

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House of Windows
Portraits From a Jerusalem Neighborhood
Written by Adina Hoffman


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 12, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1019-4 (0-7679-1019-2)

A poignant examination of life along the working-class border neighborhood of Musrara, between western (Jewish) and eastern (Arab) sides of Jerusalem. Through a series of first-person descriptions of characters and events, Hoffman establishes a vivid sense of place in a divided and volatile city. Concentrating on the lives of ordinary people... Read more >
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In the Shadow of the Sword
The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire
Written by Tom Holland


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47365-3 (0-307-47365-1)

A thrillingly panoramic and incredibly timely account of the rise of Islam, from the acclaimed author of Rubicon and Persian Fire.

The evolution of the Arab empire is one of the supreme narratives of ancient history, a story dazzlingly rich in drama, character, and achievement. In this exciting and sweeping history—the... Read more >
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On Saudi Arabia
Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines--and Future
Written by Karen Elliott House


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47328-8 (0-307-47328-7)

A New York Times, Washington Post, and Newsweek Best Book of the Year

With over thirty years of experience writing about Saudi Arabia, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and former publisher of The Wall Street Journal Karen Elliott House has an unprecedented knowledge of life inside this shrouded kingdom. Through anecdotes, observation, analysis, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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On Saudi Arabia
Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines - and Future
Written by Karen Elliott House


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 18, 2012
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27216-4 (0-307-27216-8)

From the Pulitzer Prize—winning reporter who has spent the last thirty years writing about Saudi Arabia–as diplomatic correspondent, foreign editor, and then publisher of The Wall Street Journal–an important and timely book that explores all facets of life in this shrouded Kingdom: its tribal past, its complicated present, its precarious future.

Through... Read more >
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The Iraq War
The Military Offensive, from Victory in 21 Days to the Insurgent Aftermath
Written by John Keegan


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 24, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7920-9 (1-4000-7920-9)

The 2003 Iraq war remains among the most mysterious armed conflicts of modernity. In The Iraq War, John Keegan offers a sharp and lucid appraisal of the military campaign, explaining just how the coalition forces defeated an Iraqi army twice its size and addressing such questions as whether Saddam Hussein ever... Read more >
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Martyrs' Day
Chronicle of a Small War
Written by Michael Kelly


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 26, 2001
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3036-1 (1-4000-3036-6)

Michael Kelly, who traveled through every country touched by the Gulf War, moved about as a free-lance journalist for the Boston Globe and the New Republic. He traveled through much of the Middle East during and after the Gulf War, watching the bombs fall on Baghdad and waiting for Scuds in... Read more >

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They Burn the Thistles

Written by Yashar Kemal
Translated by Margaret E. Platon
Introduction by Bill McKibben


Format: Trade Paperback, 424 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: November 21, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-185-1 (1-59017-185-3)

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Brokers of Deceit
How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East
Written by Rashid Khalidi


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4475-9 (0-8070-4475-X)

An examination of the failure of the United States as a broker in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, through three key historical moments.
 
For more than seven decades the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people has raged on with no end in sight, and for much of that time, the United States... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Iron Cage
The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood
Written by Rashid Khalidi


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 1, 2007
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0309-1 (0-8070-0309-3)

At a time when a lasting peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis seems virtually unattainable, understanding the roots of their conflict is an essential step in restoring hope to the region. In The Iron Cage, Rashid Khalidi, one of the most respected historians and political observers of the Middle East... Read more >
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Resurrecting Empire
Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East
Written by Rashid Khalidi


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 15, 2005
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0235-3 (0-8070-0235-6)

Begun as the United States moved its armed forces into Iraq, Rashid Khalidi’s powerful and thoughtful new book examines the record of Western involvement in the region and analyzes the likely outcome of our most recent Middle East incursions. Drawing on his encyclopedic knowledge of the political and cultural history of... Read more >
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Sowing Crisis
The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East
Written by Rashid Khalidi


Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 2010
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0311-4 (0-8070-0311-5)

Acclaimed historian and political commentator Rashid Khalidi presents the compelling case that U.S. and Soviet intervention in the Middle East not only exacerbated civil wars and provoked the breakdown of fragile democracies, but continues to this day to shape global conflict in the region. Examining the strategic interplay of cold war... Read more >
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In Search of Zarathustra
Across Iran and Central Asia to Find the World's First Prophet
Written by Paul Kriwaczek


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3142-9 (1-4000-3142-7)

A fascinating journey through time and across Europe and Central Asia, in search of the prophet Zarathustra (a.k.a. Zoroaster)—perhaps the greatest religious lawgiver of the ancient world—and his vast influence.

In Persia more than three thousand years ago, Zarathustra spoke of a single universal god, the battle between good and evil, the... Read more >
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The Muslims Are Coming!
Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror
Written by Arun Kundnani


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: March 18, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-159-6 (1-78168-159-7)

Death came instantly to Imam Luqman, as four FBI agents fired semiautomatic rifles at him from a few feet away. Another sixty officers surrounded the building on that October morning, the culmination of a two-year undercover investigation that had infiltrated the imam’s Detroit mosque. The FBI quickly claimed that Luqman Abdullah was “the leader of a domestic terrorist... Read more >
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The Arabs
Journeys Beyond the Mirage
Written by David Lamb


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 19, 2002
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3041-5 (1-4000-3041-2)

The Arabs is widely considered one of the essential books for understanding the Middle East and the peoples who live there. David Lamb, who spent years as a correspondent in Cairo, explores the Arabs’ religious, political, and cultural views, noting the differences and key similarities between the many segments of the... Read more >
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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 >
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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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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 >
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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: $15.00
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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The Multiple Identities of the Middle East

Written by Bernard Lewis


Format: Trade Paperback, 180 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 30, 2001
Price: $12.00
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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