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MIDDLE EAST HISTORY, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY

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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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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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Written by ANDREW J. BACEVICH

Format: Hardcover, 480 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 04/05/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-39393-4

Retired army colonel and New York Times bestselling author Andrew J. Bacevich provides a searing reassessment of U.S. military policy in the Middle East over the past four decades.

From the end of World War II until 1980, virtually no American soldiers were killed in action while serving in the Greater Middle East. Since 1990, virtually no American soldiers have been killed in action anywhere else. What caused this shift? Andrew J. Bacevich, one of the country’s most respected voices on...

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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

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 Ebadi, but after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rose to...

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THE DEADLIEST THREATS TO OUR HOMELAND--AND HOW TO THWART THEM
Written by MICHAEL MCCAUL

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages

Publisher: Crown Forum

On Sale: 01/12/2016

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90541-8

From the Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, a gripping look at the most dangerous and unexpected threats to our national security—and the actions needed to protect us.

America’s inability to foresee the September 11, 2001 attacks was deemed a collective “failure of imagination.”  Our political leaders and intelligence professionals failed to anticipate the wide-ranging and unorthodox threats to the nation’s security.

Nearly a decade and a half later,...

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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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