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THE FAMILY KARZAI AND THE AFGHAN DISASTER
Written by JOSHUA PARTLOW

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 08/08/2017

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80403-7

The key to understanding the calamitous Afghan war is the complex, ultimately failed relationship between the powerful, duplicitous Karzai family and the United States, brilliantly portrayed here by the former Kabul bureau chief for The Washington Post.

The United States went to Afghanistan on a simple mission: avenge the September 11 attacks and drive the Taliban from power. This took less than two months. Over the course of the next decade, the ensuing fight for power and money—supplied to...

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THE LEGACY OF ISLAMIC TOTALITARIANISM
Written by ANDREW G. BOSTOM

Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 12/08/2015

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-1-633-88164-8

Author Andrew G. Bostom expands upon his two previous groundbreaking compendia, The Legacy of Jihad and The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism, with this collection of his own recent essays on Sharia - Islamic law. The book elucidates, unapologetically, Sharia's defining Islamic religious principles and the consequences of its application across space and time, focusing upon contemporary illustrations.

A wealth of unambiguous evidence is marshaled, distilled, and analyzed, including: objective,...

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WHY DIASPORA IS GOOD FOR THE JEWS
Written by ALAN WOLFE

Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 10/27/2015

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-08618-6

An eloquent, controversial argument that says, for the first time in their long history, Jews are free to live in a Jewish state—or lead secure and productive lives outside it
 
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...

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THE STORY OF THE CIA COUP THAT REMADE THE MIDDLE EAST
Written by MIKE DE SEVE
Illustrated by DANIEL BURWEN
Foreword by STEPHEN KINZER

Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 08/18/2015

Price: $25.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68923-3

Graphic true-life spy thriller about the CIA mission that overthrew Iran’s democracy

The year is 1953. As the value of oil skyrockets, global power brokers begin to take interest in the political regimes of the Middle East. British agents have controlled Iranian oil exports for a generation, but the Shah’s hold on peace is shaky as a charismatic leader enters the scene.

Mohammed Mossadegh’s calls to overthrow the elites resonates among the people, and as rumors circulate of an impending...

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Written by KAHLIL GIBRAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 07/21/2015

Price: $9.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-97078-2

Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece, The Prophet, is one of the most beloved classics of our time. Published in 1923, it has been translated into more than twenty languages, and the American editions alone have sold more than nine million copies.

The Prophet 
is a collection of poetic essays that are philosophical, spiritual, and, above all, inspirational. Gibran’s musings are divided into twenty-eight chapters covering such sprawling topics as love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking,...

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Written by TARIQ ALI

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 07/07/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68006-3

Night of the Golden Butterfly concludes the Islam Quintet—Tariq Ali’s much lauded series of historical novels, translated into more than a dozen languages, that has been twenty years in the writing. Completing an epic panorama that began in fifteenth-century Moorish Spain, the latest novel moves between the cities of the twenty-first century, from Lahore to London, from Paris to Beijing. The narrator is rung one morning and reminded that he owes a debt of honour. The creditor is Mohammed...

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Written by TARIQ ALI

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 07/07/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68930-1

The fourth novel in Tariq Ali’s ‘Islam Quintet’ charts the life and loves of the medieval cartographer Muhammed al-Idrisi. Torn between his close friendship with the sultan and his friends who are leaving the island or plotting a resistance to Norman rule, Idrisi finds temporary solace in the harem; but his conscience is troubled...

A Sultan in Palermo is a mythic novel in which pride, greed, and lust intermingle with resistance and greatness. It echoes a past that can still be heard today....

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Written by KAMEL DAOUD
Translator JOHN CULLEN

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 06/02/2015

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51751-2

A New York Times Notable Book of 2015 — Michiko Kakutani, The Top Books of 2015, New York Times — TIME Magazine Top Ten Books of 2015 — Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year — Financial Times Best Books of the Year

“A tour-de-force reimagining of Camus’s The Stranger, from the point of view of the mute Arab victims.” —The New Yorker

 
He was the brother of “the Arab” killed by the infamous Meursault, the antihero of Camus’s classic novel. Seventy years after that event, Harun, who has lived...

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INSIDE THE HOMS UPRISING
Written by JONATHAN LITTELL
Translator CHARLOTTE MANDELL

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 04/21/2015

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68824-3

A blistering firsthand account of the conflict in Homs by the internationally acclaimed author of The Kindly Ones

“We fight for our religion, for our women, for our land, and lastly to save our skin. As for them, they’re only fighting to save their skin.”

In 2012, Jonathan Littell traveled to the heart of the Syrian uprising, smuggled in by the Free Syrian Army to the historic city of Homs. For three weeks, he watched as neighborhoods were bombed and innocent civilians murdered. His notes on...

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WRITERS RESPOND TO WAR AND OCCUPATION
Edited by VIJAY PRASHAD

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 04/14/2015

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-784-78067-8

Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s seven-week bombing campaign and ground invasion of Gaza in the summer of 2014, resulted in half a million displaced Gazans, tens of thousands of destroyed homes, and more than 2,000 deaths—and, yet, it was only the latest in a long series of assaults endured by Palestinians isolated in Gaza. But, following the conflict, polls revealed a startling fact: for the first time, a majority of Americans under thirty found Israel’s actions unjustified. Jon Stewart...

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STORIES FROM THE MIDDLE EAST AND BEYOND
Written by SANDOR JASZBERENYI
Translator M. HENDERSON ELLIS

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages

Publisher: New Europe Books

On Sale: 12/09/2014

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-0-990-00432-5

In the nineteen extraordinary stories that comprise The Devil Is a Black Dog and Other Stories, writer and photojournalist Sándor Jászberényi shows us the human side of war and revolution in the contemporary Middle East and Africa, and of the social upheaval that has held Eastern Europe in its grip since the fall of communism. Characters contemplate the meaning of home, love, despair, family, and friendship against the backdrop of brutality. From Cairo to the Gaza Strip, from Benghazi to...

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A FAMILY'S STORY OF LOVE, CAPTIVITY, AND SURVIVAL
Written by MAZIAR BAHARI, AIMEE MOLLOY
Foreword by JON MEACHAM

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 10/21/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98180-3

When Maziar Bahari left London in June 2009 to cover Iran’s presidential election, he assured his pregnant fiancée, Paola, that he’d be back in just a few days, a week at most. Little did he know, as he kissed her good-bye, that he would spend the next three months in Iran’s most notorious prison, enduring brutal interrogation sessions at the hands of a man he knew only by his smell: Rosewater.
 
For the Bahari family, wars, coups, and revolutions are not distant concepts but intimate...

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