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MIDDLE EAST HISTORY, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY

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HOW THE ARAB WORLD CAME APART
Written by SCOTT ANDERSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 05/02/2017

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-525-43443-6

From the bestselling author of Lawrence in Arabia, a piercing account of how the contemporary Arab world came to be riven by catastrophe since the 2003 United States invasion of Iraq.

In 2011, a series of anti-government uprisings shook the Middle East and North Africa in what would become known as the Arab Spring. Few could predict that these convulsions, initially hailed in the West as a triumph of democracy, would give way to brutal civil war, the terrors of the Islamic State, and a global...

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AMERICA AT WAR IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN
Written by J. KAEL WESTON

Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 04/04/2017

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80694-9

New York Times Editors' Choice
Military Times Best Book of the Year


J. Kael Weston spent seven years on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan working for the U.S. State Department. Upon returning home, traveling throughout the United States to pay his respects to the dead and wounded, he wondered what lessons, if any, could be learned from these wars.

In this essential book, Weston questions, interprets, and explains our wars in the Middle East through a tapestry of voices—Iraqi, Afghan, and...

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THE FAMILY KARZAI AND THE AFGHAN DISASTER
Written by JOSHUA PARTLOW

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 09/20/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-96264-5

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 RISE OF ISIS
Written by JOBY WARRICK

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 09/06/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-16893-9

WINNER OF THE 2016 PULITZER PRIZE FOR GENERAL NONFICTION

“A Best Book of 2015”—The New York Times, The Washington PostPeople Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Kansas City Star, and Kirkus Reviews


In a thrilling dramatic narrative, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Joby Warrick traces how the strain of militant Islam behind ISIS first arose in a remote Jordanian prison and spread with the unwitting aid of two American presidents. Drawing on unique high-level access to CIA and Jordanian...

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FROM AL-QAEDA TO THE ISLAMIC STATE
Written by LAWRENCE WRIGHT

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 08/23/2016

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-35205-5

With the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Looming Tower, Lawrence Wright became generally acknowledged as one of our major journalists writing on terrorism in the Middle East. Here, in ten powerful pieces first published in The New Yorker, he recalls the path that terror in the Middle East has taken, from the rise of al-Qaeda in the 1990s to the recent beheadings of reporters and aid workers by ISIS.

The Terror Years
draws on several articles he wrote while researching The Looming Tower, as well as...

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THE LOST AND FOUND WORLD OF THE CAIRO GENIZA

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Schocken

On Sale: 06/21/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-805-21223-5

NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FINALIST

Now in paperback, the dramatic story behind the discovery and reclamation of nine hundred years' worth of discarded Hebrew texts—parchment fragments of the Bible and Talmud, medieval poetry, legal and commercial documents, medical writings, and personal accounts of everyday middle-class liferescued from a decaying manuscript repository in a once-vibrant Cairo synagogue.

One May day in 1896, at a dining-room table in Cambridge, England, a meeting took place...

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AMERICA AT WAR IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN
Written by J. KAEL WESTON

Format: Hardcover, 608 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 05/24/2016

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-35112-6

A powerfully written firsthand account of the human costs of conflict.

J. Kael Weston spent seven years on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan working for the U.S. State Department in some of the most dangerous frontline locations. Upon his return home, while traveling the country to pay respect to the dead and wounded, he asked himself: When will these wars end? How will they be remembered and memorialized? What lessons can we learn from them?

These are questions with no quick answers, but...

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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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MY FIGHT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN IRAN
Written by SHIRIN EBADI

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 03/08/2016

Price: $27.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99887-0

Selected for Common Reading at Thomas College

The first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Shirin Ebadi has inspired millions around the globe through her work as a human rights lawyer defending women and children against a brutal regime in Iran. Now Ebadi tells her story of courage and defiance in the face of a government out to destroy her, her family, and her mission: to bring justice to the people and the country she loves.

For years the Islamic Republic tried to intimidate...

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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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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 RISE OF ISIS
Written by JOBY WARRICK

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 09/29/2015

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-53821-3

A Washington Post Top 10 Book of the Year 

In a thrilling dramatic narrative, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Joby Warrick traces how the strain of militant Islam behind ISIS first arose in a remote Jordanian prison and spread with the unwitting aid of two American presidents.

When the government of Jordan granted amnesty to a group of political prisoners in 1999, it little realized that among them was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a terrorist mastermind and soon the architect of an Islamist movement...

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