History - Middle East

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Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Impe...

Scott Anderson

A New York Times Notable Book of 2013A Christian Science Monitor Best Book of 2013A Chicago Tribune Noteworthy Book of the YearAn NPR Great Read of 2013A thrilling and revelatory narrative of one of the most epic and consequential per...

Published: May 2014

Inside Iran: The Real History and Pol...

Medea Benjamin

U.S. relations with Iran have been fraught for decades, but under the Trump Administration tensions are rising to startling levels. Medea Benjamin, one of the best-known 21st century activists, offers the incredible history of how a p...

Published: May 2018

ISIS: A History

Fawaz A. Gerges

The Islamic State has stunned the world with its savagery, destructiveness, and military and recruiting successes. What explains the rise of ISIS and what does it portend for the future of the Middle East? In this book, one of the wor...

Published: Feb 2017

Inside the Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, M...

Robert Lacey

"It's all here-Islam, the family tree, a sea of oil and money to match, palace intrigue...This is high drama and an epic tale." -Tom Brokaw Though Saudi Arabia sits on one of the richest oil deposits in the world, it also p...

Published: Oct 2010

90 Minutes at Entebbe: The Full Insid...

William Stevenson

The incredible story of an Israeli mission that rescued 103 hostages from a hijacked jetliner.On June 27, 1976, Air France Flight 139 was hijacked by terrorists and flown to Entebbe Airport in Uganda. In the following agonizing days, ...

Published: Jan 2015

All the Shah's Men: An American Coup ...

Stephen Kinzer

In this investigative report, a journalist exposes the role played by the United States, through the CIA, in a coup that overthrew Iran's leader Mohammed Mossadegh in 1953. This coup put in place the Shah, whose hated dictatorship was...

Published: Aug 2004

On Wings of Eagles

Ken Follett

When two of his American employees were held hostage in Iran, H. Ross Perot and a select group of his employees took matters into their own hands.

Published: Jun 1993

No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope...

Rania Abouzeid

"Rania Abouzeid has produced a work of stunning reportage from the very heart of the conflict, daring to go to the most dangerous places in order to get the story." ―Dexter Filkins, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The For...

Published: Mar 2019

A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind...

Michael Axworthy

Iran is a land of contradictions. It is an Islamic republic, but one in which only 1.4 percent of the population attend Friday prayers. Iran's religious culture encompasses the most censorious and dogmatic Shi'a Muslim clerics in the ...

Published: May 2016

Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and t...

John B. Judis

A probing look at one of the most incendiary subjects of our time—the relationship between the United States and IsraelThere has been more than half a century of raging conflict between Jews and Arabs—a violent, costly struggle t...

Published: Feb 2015

Iran: A Beginner's Guide

Homa Katouzian

As the Western-Iranian impasse continues to dominate international affairs, politicians and the media confidently proclaim Iran the greatest threat to the Western World. But this villainous mask obscures a far more complex identity fo...

Published: Jul 2013

The Places In Between

Rory Stewart

In January 2002, Rory Stewart survived a walk across Afghanistan by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers. In this memoir, he writes about heroes and rogues, tribal elders and te...

Published: May 2006

The Walls of Israel

Surrounded on all borders but its western coastline by hostile and aggressive neighbors, the state of Israel resembles the walled city of the Middle Ages. But its walls are not stone and mortar, they are flesh and blood—they are the...

Published: Apr 2014

A Brief History of the Middle East

Christopher Catherwood

For over a millennium, the Islamic empires were ahead of the West in learning, technology, and medicine, and were militarily far more powerful. It took another three hundred years for the West to catch up and overtake the Middle East....

Published: Apr 2011

Spies of No Country: Israel's Secret ...

Matti Friedman

"Wondrous . . . Compelling . . . Piercing." --The New York Times Book Review Award-winning writer Matti Friedman's tale of Israel's first spies has all the tropes of an espionage novel, including duplicity, betrayal, di...

Published: Feb 2020

Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of People...

Tim Mackintosh-Smith

A riveting, comprehensive history of the Arab peoples and tribes that explores the role of language as a cultural touchstone This kaleidoscopic book covers almost 3,000 years of Arab history and shines a light on the footloose Arab pe...

Published: Feb 2020

The Lion's Gate: On the Front Lines o...

Steven Pressfield

The thrilling true story of one of the most unlikely and astonishing military victories in history.June 5, 1967. Israel is surrounded by enemies who want nothing less than her utter extinction. The Soviet-equipped Egyptian Army has ma...

Published: May 2015

Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Isra...

Dan Raviv

Fully updated for 2014 to include tumultuous events in Syria, Egypt, Iran, and the entire Middle East, SPIES AGAINST ARMAGEDDON: INSIDE ISRAEL'S SECRET WARS covers more ground than any other book about modern-day Israel. Its 25 action...

Published: Mar 2014

Under the Black Flag: At the Frontier...

Moubayed Sami

The Islamic State movement (ISIS/IS) burst onto the world stage in 2014. From its heartland in Syria, where it arose from the chaos of the Syrian Revolt, the organisation has expanded in ideology and membership and now poses a signifi...

Published: Oct 2015
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