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51 Day War: Resistance and Ruin in Gaza

On July 8, 2014, Israel launched air strikes and a ground invasion of Gaza, that lasted 51 days, leaving over 2,000 people dead, the vast majority of whom were Gazan civilians. During the assault, at ..

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Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood

Over thirteen centuries, Baghdad has enjoyed both cultural and commercial pre-eminence, boasting artistic and intellectual sophistication and an economy once the envy of the world. It was here, in the..

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Belonging: Story of the Jews: When Words Fail (1492 - Present Day)

The words that failed were words of hope. But they did not fail at all times and everywhere. These gripping pages teem with words of defiance and optimism, sounds and images of tenacious life and adve..

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Bethlehem: Biography of a Town

The town of Bethlehem carries so many layers of meaning--some ancient, some mythical, some religious--that it feels like an unreal city, even to the people who call it home. Today, the city is hemmed ..

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Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories

Following his critically acclaimed investigation of the events leading up to the formation of the state of Israel in 1948, renowned Israeli historian Ilan Pappe now turns his attention to the annexati..

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Caliphate

What is a caliphate? What is the history of the idea? How is the term used and abused today? In the first modern account of a subject of critical importance today, acclaimed historian Hugh Kennedy a..

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Crossing: My Journey to the Shattered Heart of Syria

Samar Yazbek was well known in her native Syria as a writer and a journalist but, in 2011, she fell foul of the Assad regime and was forced to flee. Since then, determined to bear witness to the suffe..

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Crusade and Jihad: Origins, History, Aftermath

Malcolm Lambert investigates the histories of Christianity and Islam to trace the origins and development of crusade and jihad. In a narrative that brims with larger than life characters - among them,..

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Devil is a Black Dog: Stories from the Middle East and Beyond

'I don't regret anything, really. I never wanted to live a sensible life ...I didn't want a sensible death either.' War-torn Africa, a Middle East in crisis, and post-Soviet Eastern Europe form the ba..

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Egyptians: A Radical Story

'I started reading this and couldn't stop. It's a remarkable piece of work, and very revealing. A stirring rendition of a people's revolution'- Noam Chomsky 'The deepest and most comprehensive accoun..

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Enemies and Neighbours: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017

A century after Britain's Balfour Declaration promised a Jewish 'national home' in Palestine, veteran Guardian journalist Ian Black has produced a major new history of one of the most polarising confl..

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Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East, 1914-1920

This book is Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller. The final destruction of the Ottoman Empire - one of the great epics of the First World War, from bestselling historian Eugene Rogan For some four centuri..

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Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East, 1914-1920

Sunday Times Top Ten Best-seller. The final destruction of the Ottoman Empire - one of the great epics of the First World War, from best-selling historian Eugene Rogan. For some four centuries the Ott..

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Farewell Kabul: From Afghanistan to a More Dangerous World

Published to mark the final retreat of Western troops from Afghanistan, this book asks just how the might of NATO, with 48 countries and 140,000 troops on the ground, not managed to defeat a group of ..

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Farewell Kabul: From Afghanistan to a More Dangerous World

From the award-winning co-author of 'I Am Malala', this book asks just how the might of NATO, with 48 countries and 140,000 troops on the ground, failed to defeat a group of religious students and far..

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Fear and the Freedom: How the Second World War Changed Us

The Second World War was one of the most catastrophic events in human history. But how did the experience and memory of bloodshed affect our relationships with each other and the world? The new order..

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Ghost Empire

'A brilliant reconstruction of the saga of power, glory, invasion and decay that is the one-thousand year story of Constantinople. A truly marvellous book.' - Simon Winchester In 2014, Richard Fidler..

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Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

In "Goliath," "New York Times" bestselling author Max Blumenthal takes us on a journey through the badlands and high roads of Israel-Palestine, painting a startling portrait of Israeli society under t..

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Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East

Robert Fisk's bestselling eyewitness account of the events that have shaped the Middle East is alive with vivid reporting and incisive historical analysis. The history of the Middle East is an epic st..

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Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect

Based on firsthand reporting from Syria and throughout the Middle East, "Inside Syria"unravels the complex dynamics underlying the Syrian Civil War. Through vivid, on-the-ground accounts and interview..

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Iraq: A History

Cities, scripts, literature, the rule of law - all were born in Iraq. That so many see this ancient land as nothing more than a violent backwater steeped in chaos is a travesty. This is the place wher..

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Iraq: A History

In this insightful analysis, highly-respected expert John Robertson canvases the entirety of Iraq's rich history, from the seminal advances of its Neolithic inhabitants to the aftermath of the America..

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Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World (Updated Edition)

For this newly expanded edition, Avi Shlaim has added four chapters and an epilogue that address the prime ministerships from Barak to Netanyahu in the one book everyone should read for a concise hist..

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ISIS Apocalypse, The: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State

The Islamic State is one of the most lethal and successful jihadist groups in modern history, surpassing even al-Qaeda. Thousands of its followers have marched across Syria and Iraq, subjugating milli..

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Islamic Civilization in Thirty Lives: The First 1,000 Years

The religious thinkers, political leaders, law-makers, writers and philosophers of the early Muslim world helped to shape the 1,400-year-long development of today's second-largest world religion. But ..

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Islamist Phoenix: IS and the Redrawing of the Middle East

A timely, piercing study of the Islamic State, as its rise to prominence and domination of Middle Eastern politics, is explained in revealing detail by economist and bestselling author Loretta Napoleo..

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Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn

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Israel: A History

Written by one of Israel's most notable scholars, this volume provides a breathtaking history of Israel from the origins of the Zionist movement in the late 19th century to the present day. Anita Shap..

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Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'Life-filled and life-affirming history, steeped in romance and written with verve' GUARDIAN 'Richly entertaining and impeccably reserached' Peter Frankopan Istanbul has..

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Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities

Istanbul explores a city which stands as a gateway between the east and west, one of the indisputably greatest cities in the world. Previously known by the names Byzantium and Constantinople, this is..

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Istanbul: Memories and the City (The Illustrated Edition)

Since the publication of Istanbul: Memories of a City, Orhan Pamuk has continued to add to his collection of photographs of Istanbul. Now, he has selected a range of photographs for the illustrated ed..

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Jerusalem : A Biography

Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgement Day and the battlefield of today's clash of civilizations. Fr..

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Jihad Academy: The Rise of Islamic State

Framed by Henin's personal experience as a hostage of ISIS alongside James Foley, Jihad Academy debunks the myths surrounding Islamic extremism and provides a clear and revealing insight into the sect..

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Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East

The Arab Revolt against the Turks in World War One was, in the words of T.E. Lawrence, 'a sideshow of a sideshow'. Amidst the slaughter in European trenches, the Western combatants paid scant attentio..

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Man Who Created the Middle East: A Story of Empire, Conflict and the Sykes-Picot Agreement

At the age of only 36, Sir Mark Sykes was signatory to the Sykes-Picot agreement, one of the most reviled treaties of modern times. A century later, Christopher Sykes' lively biography of his grandfat..

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Man Who Created the Middle East: A Story of Empire, Conflict and the Sykes-Picot Agreement

At the age of only 36, Sir Mark Sykes was signatory to the Sykes-Picot agreement, one of the most reviled treaties of modern times. A century later, Christopher Sykes' lively biography of his grandfat..

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Mecca: The Sacred City

Mecca is the heart of Islam. It is the birthplace of Muhammad, the direction towards which Muslims turn when they pray and the site of pilgrimage which annually draws some three million Muslims from a..

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Mecca: The Sacred City

Mecca is the heart of Islam. It is the birthplace of Muhammad, the direction towards which Muslims turn when they pray and the site of pilgrimage which annually draws some three million Muslims from a..

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Middle East, The

The Middle East is rich in history - and saturated in blood. This small section of the world - the birthplace of three great religions - has become a tinderbox, where cultures clash in seemingly endle..

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No Room for Small Dreams: Courage, Imagination and the Making of Modern Israel

In 1934, eleven-year-old Shimon Peres emigrated to the land of Israel from his native Poland, leaving behind an extended family who would later be murdered in the Holocaust. Few back then would have p..

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On Palestine

On Palestine is Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappe's indispensable update on a suffering region. What is the future of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement directed at Israel? Which is more viable..

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Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908-1923

The Ottoman Endgame is the first, and definitive, single-volume history of the Ottoman empire's decade-long war for survival. Beginning with Italy's invasion of Ottoman Tripoli in September 1911, the ..

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Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908-1923

'An outstanding history ...one of the best writers on the First World War' Simon Sebag Montefiore The Ottoman Endgame is the first, and definitive, single-volume history of the Ottoman empire's decad..

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Palestine Speaks: Narratives of Life Under Occupation

For more than six decades, Israel and Palestine have been the center of one of the world's most widely reported yet least understood human rights crises. In Palestine Speaks men and women from the Wes..

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Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to Isis

In 2011, a wave of revolution spread through the Middle East as protesters demanded an end to tyranny, corruption and economic decay. From Egypt to Yemen, a generation of young Arabs insisted on a new..

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Red Platoon

Isolated Command Post Keating - one of the most vulnerable US army bases in Afghanistan. Located at the bottom of a deep valley, soliders are exposed. The Taliban can see every move and attack is immi..

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Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan

In the spring of 1839, the British invaded Afghanistan for the first time. Led by lancers in scarlet cloaks and plumed shakos, nearly 20,000 British and East India Company troops poured through the hi..

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Revolutionary Iran: A History of the Islamic Republic

This is the definitive history of the Iran-Iraq war, and revolutionary Iran, essential for understanding the country today. For over 30 years the Islamic Republic has resisted widespread condemnation,..

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Sacred Trash

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 an..

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Saladin: The Life, the Legend and the Islamic Empire

Saladin remains one of the most iconic figures of his age. As the man who united the Arabs and saved Islam from Christian crusaders in the 12th century, he is the Islamic world's preeminent hero. Ruth..

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Saladin: The Life, the Legend and the Islamic Empire

Saladin remains one of the most iconic figures of his age. As the man who united the Arabs and saved Islam from Christian crusaders in the 12th century, he is the Islamic world's preeminent hero. Ruth..

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