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MIDDLE EASTERN HISTORY

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THE STRUGGLE FOR ISRAEL, 1917-1947
Written by BRUCE HOFFMAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/22/2016

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-74161-5

Winner of the 2015 National Jewish Book Award (Jewish Book of the Year, Everett Family Foundation Award)

In this groundbreaking work of historical research, Bruce Hoffman—America’s leading expert on terrorism—brilliantly re-creates the crucial thirty-year period that led to the birth of Israel. Drawing on previously untapped archival resources in London, Washington, D.C., and Jerusalem, Anonymous Soldiers shows how the efforts of two militant Zionist groups brought about the end of British...

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WOUNDED SPIRITS IN A PROMISED LAND
Written by DAVID K. SHIPLER

Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 11/10/2015

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-44751-4

The expanded and updated edition of David Shipler's Pulitzer Prize-winning book that examines the relationship, past and present, between Arabs and Jews

In this monumental work, extensively researched and more relevant than ever, David Shipler delves into the origins of the prejudices that exist between Jews and Arabs that have been intensified by war, terrorism, and nationalism.

Focusing on the diverse cultures that exist side by side in Israel and Israeli-controlled territories, Shipler...

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Written by KIRK BEATTIE

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 11/03/2015

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-1-609-80561-6

The upside-down logic of US policy in the Middle East is one of the great foreign policy conundrums today precisely because it touches on so many different problematic areas. The March 2006 article by Walt and Meersheimer that appeared under the title The Israel Lobby in the London Review of Books, and the bestselling book that followed, attributed our pro-Israel policy to the power of the lobby itself. Others, including Chomsky, have criticized this approach as overly simplistic.

Longtime...

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THE LIFE AND DEATH OF ROBERT AMES
Written by KAI BIRD

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 05/26/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-88976-8

The Good Spy is Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird’s compelling portrait of the remarkable life and death of one of the most important operatives in CIA history – a man who, had he lived, might have helped heal the rift between Arabs and the West.
 
On April 18, 1983, a bomb exploded outside the American Embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people.  The attack was a geopolitical turning point. It marked the beginning of Hezbollah as a political force, but even more important, it eliminated...

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THE TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY OF ISRAEL
Written by ARI SHAVIT

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 02/03/2015

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-52171-0

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW AND THE ECONOMIST

Winner of the Natan Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award

An authoritative and deeply personal narrative history of the State of Israel, by one of the most influential journalists writing about the Middle East today
 
Not since Thomas L. Friedman’s groundbreaking From Beirut to Jerusalem has a book captured the essence and the beating...

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IN SEARCH OF A HIDDEN RESISTANCE IN AFGHANISTAN
Written by JENNY NORDBERG

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

Publisher: Crown

On Sale: 09/16/2014

Price: $25.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-95249-3

Winner of the 2015 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize

A Salon 2014 Authors’ Favorite Book

One of Buzzfeed’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2014

Business Insider Best Book of 2014

Columbus Dispatch Best Book of 2014

Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2014

A PopMatters Best Book of 2014

An FP Interrupted Best Book of 2014

An IPI Global Observatory Recommended Book for 2015

A TruthDig Book of the Year, 2014

Finalist for the Goodreads Choice Award, Nonfiction

An investigative journalist uncovers a hidden custom that...

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THE RUSHDIE AFFAIR AND ITS AFTERMATH
Written by KENAN MALIK

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 08/12/2014

Price: $22.00

ISBN: 978-1-612-19405-9

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 of Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses before ceremoniously burning the book it was an act motivated by anger and offence as well as one calculated to shock and...

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THE EGYPTIAN POPULAR INSURRECTION AND THE INTERNET
Written by LINDA HERRERA

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 05/20/2014

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68275-3

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 important as the nature of freedom and the place of the rising generation in the political order. This book provides piercing insights into the ongoing struggles between people and power in the digital age.

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ONE CENTURY OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY IRAQI ART
Edited by MARY ANGELA SCHROTH
Contribution by SILVIA NAEF, AASIM ABDUL-AMEER
Preface by SALAM ATTA SABRI

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Skira

On Sale: 04/08/2014

Price: $85.00

ISBN: 978-8-857-21876-2

This volume explores the principal trends of modern and contemporary art in Iraq through some 400 works in the private collection of Hussain Ali Harba, an Iraqi architect and designer.

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FROM HOLY LAND TO HOMELAND
Written by SHLOMO SAND
Translator GEREMY FORMAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 04/01/2014

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68083-4

What is a homeland and when does it become a national territory? Why have so many people been willing to die for such places throughout the twentieth century? What is the essence of the Promised Land? Following the acclaimed and controversial The Invention of the Jewish People, Shlomo Sand examines the mysterious sacred land that has become the site of the longest-running national struggle of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

The Invention of the Land of Israel deconstructs the...

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ISLAMOPHOBIA, EXTREMISM, AND THE DOMESTIC WAR ON TERROR
Written by ARUN KUNDNANI

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 03/18/2014

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68159-6

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 group.” And yet, caught on tape, he had refused to help “do something” violent, as it might injure innocents, and no...

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Written by OLGA GRJASNOWA

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 01/07/2014

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51584-6

Set in Frankfurt, All Russians Love Birch Trees follows a young immigrant named Masha. Fluent in five languages and able to get by in several others, Masha lives with her boyfriend, Elias. Her best friends are Muslims struggling to obtain residence permits, and her parents rarely leave the house except to compare gas prices. Masha has nearly completed her studies to become an interpreter, when suddenly Elias is hospitalized after a serious soccer injury and dies, forcing her to question a...

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