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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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THE RISE OF ISIS
Written by JOBY WARRICK

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 09/06/2016

Price: $16.95

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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MY HUSBAND, OUR STORY

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 05/17/2016

Price: $22.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51801-4

A powerful first-person account of Ensaf Haidar’s life wither her husband, Saudi Arabian social activist Raif Badawi, and her worldwide campaign to free him from imprisonment
 
Ensaf Haidar's unforgettable account of her marriage to imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi tells the story of the survival of their love against all odds, and of her courageous fight for her husband’s freedom.

When Ensaf and Raif married in 2002 they shed tears of joy; they had overcome the resistance of her family...

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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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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 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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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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THE DRAMATIC STORY OF THE STRUGGLE FOR PEACE
Written by LAWRENCE WRIGHT

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 04/28/2015

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17002-4

Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

One of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year


One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington PostThe Christian Science Monitor, NPR, Entertainment WeeklyThe EconomistThe Daily BeastSt. Louis Post-Dispatch


In September 1978, three world leaders—Menachem Begin of Israel, Anwar Sadat of Egypt, and U.S. president Jimmy Carter—met at Camp David to broker a peace agreement between the two Middle East...

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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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THE TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY OF ISRAEL
Written by ARI SHAVIT

Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 02/03/2015

Price: $20.00

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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