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Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That U...
by Kim Ghattas

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English

Pages

386

Publication Date

January 28, 2020

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<p><b>鈥淸A] sweeping and authoritative history" <i>(The New York Times Book Review</i>),</b> <b><i>Black Wave</i></b><b> is an electrifying and audacious narrative examination of how the modern Middle East unraveled and why it started with the pivotal year of 1979. </b> </p><p>Kim Ghattas seamlessly weaves together history, geopolitics, and culture to deliver a gripping read of the largely unexplored story of the rivalry between between Saudi Arabia and Iran, born from the sparks of the 1979 Iranian revolution and fueled by American policy. </p><p>With vivid story-telling, extensive historical research and on-the-ground reporting, Ghattas dispels accepted truths about a region she calls home. She explores how Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran, once allies and twin pillars of US strategy in the region, became mortal enemies after 1979. She shows how they used and distorted religion in a competition that went well beyond geopolitics. Feeding intolerance, suppressing cultural expression, and encouraging sectarian violence from Egypt to Pakistan, the war for cultural supremacy led to Iran鈥檚 fatwa against author Salman Rushdie, the assassination of countless intellectuals, the birth of groups like Hezbollah in Lebanon, the September 11th terrorist attacks, and the rise of ISIS.</p><p>Ghattas introduces us to a riveting cast of characters whose lives were upended by the geopolitical drama over four decades: from the Pakistani television anchor who defied her country鈥檚 dictator, to the Egyptian novelist thrown in jail for indecent writings all the way to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018. <i>Black Wave</i> is both an intimate and sweeping history of the region and will significantly alter perceptions of the Middle East.</p>
Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott

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English

Pages

503

Publication Date

February 18, 2020

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Meg is the eldest and on the brink of love. Then there鈥檚 tomboy Jo who longs to be a writer. Sweet-natured Beth always puts others first, and finally there鈥檚 Amy, the youngest and most precocious. Together they are the March sisters. Even though money is short, times are tough and their father is away at war, their infectious sense of fun sweeps everyone up in their adventures 鈥?including Laurie, the boy next door. And through sisterly squabbles, their happy times and sad ones too, the sisters discover that growing up is sometimes very hard to do.<br />Based on Louisa May Alcott鈥檚 childhood, this lively portrait of nineteenth-century family life possesses a lasting vitality that has endeared it to generations of readers.<br /><br />A wonderful story... As a child, I strongly identified with Jo because she is a writer. 鈥擩acqueline Wilson<br />The American female myth. 鈥擬adelon Bedell<br />It is an essential American novel, perhaps the essential American novel for girls鈥?Girls come to it on their own. 鈥擩ane Smiley<br />In 鈥淟ittle Women鈥? Alcott anticipated realism by twenty or thirty years. 鈥擥. K. Chesterton
The Tragedy of the Templars: The Rise and Fall of the Crusader St...
by Michael Haag

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English

Pages

448

Publication Date

August 13, 2013

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<p>From Michael Haag, bestselling author of <em>The Templars: The History and the Myth</em>, comes <em>The Tragedy of the Templars</em>, an exciting new look at the rise of Templar power and the saga of their destruction.<br />聽<br />Founded on Christmas Day 1119 in Jerusalem, the Knights Templar was a religious order dedicated to defending the Holy Land and its Christian pilgrims in the decades after the First Crusade. Legendary for their bravery and dedication, the Templars became one of the wealthiest and most powerful bodies of the medieval world鈥攁nd the chief defenders of Christian society against growing Muslim forces.<br />聽<br />In <em>The Tragedy of the Templars: The Rise and Fall of the Crusader States</em>, Haag masterfully details the conflicts and betrayals that sent this faction of powerful knights spiraling from domination to condemnation.<br />聽<br />This stirring and thoroughly researched work of historical investigation includes maps and full-color photographs of important cultural sites, many of which doubled as battlefields during the Crusades.</p>
Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assa...
by Ronen Bergman

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English

Pages

737

Publication Date

January 30, 2018

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER 鈥⒙燭he first definitive history of the Mossad, Shin Bet, and the IDF鈥檚 targeted killing programs,<b> hailed by聽<i>The New York Times聽</i>as聽鈥渁n exceptional work, a humane book about an incendiary subject.鈥?lt;/b></b><br /><br /><b>WINNER OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD IN HISTORY</b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY聽JENNIFER SZALAI,聽<i>THE NEW YORK TIMES聽</i></b><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY聽<i>The Economist聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>The New York Times Book Review聽</i>鈥?<i>BBC History Magazine聽</i>鈥?<i>Mother Jones聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Kirkus Reviews</i></b><br /><br /> The Talmud says: 鈥淚f someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first.鈥?This instinct to take every measure, even the most aggressive, to defend the Jewish people is hardwired into Israel鈥檚 DNA. From the very beginning of its statehood in 1948, protecting the nation from harm has been the responsibility of its intelligence community and armed services, and there is one weapon in their vast arsenal that they have relied upon to thwart the most serious threats: Targeted assassinations have been used countless times, on enemies large and small, sometimes in response to attacks against the Israeli people and sometimes preemptively.<br /><br />In this page-turning, eye-opening book, journalist and military analyst Ronen Bergman鈥攑raised by David Remnick as聽鈥渁rguably [Israel鈥檚] best investigative reporter鈥濃€攐ffers a riveting inside account of the targeted killing programs: their successes, their failures, and the moral and political price exacted on the men and women who approved and carried out the missions.<br /><br /> Bergman has gained the exceedingly rare cooperation of many current and former members of the Israeli government, including Prime Ministers Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak, Ariel Sharon, and Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as high-level figures in the country鈥檚 military and intelligence services: the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), the Mossad (the world鈥檚 most feared intelligence agency), Caesarea (a 鈥淢ossad within the Mossad鈥?that carries out attacks on the highest-value targets), and the Shin Bet (an internal security service that implemented the largest targeted assassination campaign ever, in order to stop what had once appeared to be unstoppable: suicide terrorism).<br /><br /> Including never-before-reported, behind-the-curtain accounts of key operations, and based on hundreds of on-the-record interviews and thousands of files to which Bergman has gotten exclusive access over his decades of reporting, <i>Rise and Kill First</i> brings us deep into the heart of Israel鈥檚 most secret activities. Bergman traces, from statehood to the present, the gripping events and thorny ethical questions underlying Israel鈥檚 targeted killing campaign, which has shaped the Israeli nation, the Middle East, and the entire world.<br /><br /><b>鈥淎 remarkable feat of fearless and responsible reporting . . . important, timely, and informative.鈥濃€擩ohn le Carr茅</b>
The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonia...
by Rashid Khalidi

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English

Pages

325

Publication Date

January 28, 2020

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<p><b>A landmark history of one hundred years of war waged against the Palestinians from the foremost US historian of the Middle East, told through pivotal events and family history</b><br /><b></b><br /><b></b>In 1899, Yusuf Diya al-Khalidi, mayor of Jerusalem, alarmed by the Zionist call to create a Jewish national home in Palestine, wrote a letter aimed at Theodore Herzl: the country had an indigenous people who would not easily accept their own displacement. He warned of the perils ahead, ending his note, 鈥渋n the name of God, let Palestine be left alone.鈥?Thus Rashid Khalidi, al-Khalidi鈥檚 great-great-nephew, begins this sweeping history, the first general account of the conflict told from an explicitly Palestinian perspective.</p><p>Drawing on a wealth of untapped archival materials and the reports of generations of family members鈥攎ayors, judges, scholars, diplomats, and journalists鈥?lt;i>The Hundred Years' War on Palestine</i> upends accepted interpretations of the conflict, which tend, at best, to describe a tragic clash between two peoples with claims to the same territory. Instead, Khalidi traces a hundred years of colonial war on the Palestinians, waged first by the Zionist movement and then Israel, but backed by Britain and the United States, the great powers of the age. He highlights the key episodes in this colonial campaign, from the 1917 Balfour Declaration to the destruction of Palestine in 1948, from Israel鈥檚 1982 invasion of Lebanon to the endless and futile peace process. </p><p>Original, authoritative, and important<i>, The Hundred Years' War on Palestine </i>is not a chronicle of victimization, nor does it whitewash the mistakes of Palestinian leaders or deny the emergence of national movements on both sides. In reevaluating the forces arrayed against the Palestinians, it offers an illuminating new view of a conflict that continues to this day.</p>
The Richest Man in Babylon
by George S. Clason

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English

Pages

105

Publication Date

February 17, 2020

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Beloved by millions, this timeless classic holds the key to all you desire and everything you wish to accomplish. This is the book that reveals the secret to personal wealth. <br /><br />Countless readers have been helped by the famous 鈥淏abylonian parables,鈥?hailed as the greatest of all inspirational works on the subject of thrift, financial planning, and personal wealth. In language as simple as that found in the Bible, these fascinating and informative stories set you on a sure path to prosperity and its accompanying joys. <br /><br />Acclaimed as a modern-day classic, this celebrated bestseller offers an understanding of 鈥?and a solution to 鈥?your personal financial problems that will guide you through a lifetime. This is the book that holds the secrets to keeping your money 鈥?and making more. <br /><br />The Richest Man in Babylon: Read it and recommend it to loved ones鈥攁nd get on the road to riches.<br /><br />George S. Clason was born in Louisiana, Missouri, on November 7, 1874. He attended the University of Nebraska and served in the United States Army during the Spanish- American War. Beginning a long career in publishing, he founded the Clason Map Company of Denver, Colorado, and published the first road atlas of the United States and Canada. In 1926, he issued the first of a famous series of pamphlets on thrift and financial success, using parables set in ancient Babylon to make each of his points. These were distributed in large quantities by banks and insurance companies and became familiar to millions, the most famous being "The Richest Man in Babylon," the parable from which the present volume takes its title.
All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East...
by Stephen Kinzer

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English

Pages

299

Publication Date

January 01, 2008

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With a thrilling narrative that sheds much light on recent events, this national bestseller brings to life the 1953 CIA coup in Iran that ousted the country鈥檚 elected prime minister, ushered in a quarter-century of brutal rule under the Shah, and stimulated the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and anti-Americanism in the Middle East. Selected as one of the best books of the year by the <i>Washington Post</i> and <i>The Economist</i>, it now features a new preface by the author on the folly of attacking Iran.
Islamic Empires: The Cities that Shaped Civilization?From Mecca t...
by Justin Marozzi

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English

Pages

450

Publication Date

February 04, 2020

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<p><strong>A history of the rich and diverse civilizations over fifteen centuries of Islam seen through its greatest cities.</strong></p><br />Islamic civilization was once the envy of the world. From a succession of glittering, cosmopolitan capitals, Islamic empires lorded it over the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and swathes of the Indian subcontinent, while Europe cowered feebly at the margins. For centuries the caliphate was both ascendant on the battlefield and triumphant in the battle of ideas, its cities unrivaled powerhouses of artistic grandeur, commercial power, spiritual sanctity, and forward-looking thinking, in which nothing was off limits.<br /><br /><br /><br /><em>Islamic Empires</em> is a history of this rich and diverse civilization told through its greatest cities over the fifteen centuries of Islam, from its earliest beginnings in Mecca in the seventh century to the astonishing rise of Doha in the twenty-first.<br /><br /><br /><br />Marozzi brilliantly connects the defining moments in Islamic history: from the Prophet Mohammed receiving his divine revelations in Mecca and the First Crusade of 1099 to the conquest of Constantinople in 1453 and the phenomenal creation of the merchant republic of Beirut in the nineteenth century, and how this world is continuing to change today.
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
by Sandy Tolan

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English

Pages

562

Publication Date

December 01, 2008

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<b>With a new afterword by the author, and a sneak preview of Sandy Tolan's new book, <i>Children of the Stone </i></b><br /><br />In 1967, Bashir Al-Khayri, a Palestinian twenty-five-year-old, journeyed to Israel, with the goal of seeing the beloved old stone house, with the lemon tree behind it, that he and his family had fled nineteen years earlier. To his surprise, when he found the house he was greeted by Dalia Ashkenazi Landau, a nineteen-year-old Israeli college student, whose family fled Europe for Israel following the Holocaust. On the stoop of their shared home, Dalia and Bashir began a rare friendship, forged in the aftermath of war and tested over the next thirty-five years in ways that neither could imagine on that summer day in 1967. Based on extensive research, and springing from his enormously resonant documentary that aired on NPR's <i>Fresh Air </i>in 1998, Sandy Tolan brings the Israeli-Palestinian conflict down to its most human level, suggesting that even amid the bleakest political realities there exist stories of hope and reconciliation.
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin L...
by Steve Coll

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English

Pages

732

Publication Date

December 28, 2004

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<b>Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize<br /><br />From the award-winning and bestselling author of <i>Directorate S</i>, the explosive first-hand account of America's secret history in Afghanistan</b><br /><br />To what extent did America鈥檚 best intelligence analysts grasp the rising thread of Islamist radicalism? Who tried to stop bin Laden and why did they fail? Comprehensively and for the first time, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll recounts the history of the covert wars in Afghanistan that fueled Islamic militancy and sowed the seeds of the September 11 attacks. Based on scrupulous research and firsthand accounts by key government, intelligence, and military personnel both foreign and American, <i>Ghost Wars</i> details the secret history of the CIA鈥檚 role in Afghanistan (including its covert operations against Soviet troops from 1979 to 1989), the rise of the Taliban, the emergence of bin Laden, and the failed efforts by U.S. forces to find and assassinate bin Laden in Afghanistan.

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