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  • Levantby Philip Mansel

    Hodder & Stoughton 2010; US$ 15.99

    Levant is a book of cities. It describes the role of Smyrna, Alexandria and Beirut as windows on the world, escapes from nationality and tradition, centres of wealth, pleasure and freedom. By their mix of races and religions, they challenge stereotypes. France and Britain liberated the area through their schools, while conquering it through arms.... more...

  • Jerusalemby Simon Sebag Montefiore

    Orion 2011; US$ 15.99

    The epic story of Jerusalem told through the lives of the men and women who created, ruled and inhabited it. 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. From King David to Barack Obama, from the... more...

  • Struggling for a Just Peaceby Maia Carter Hallward

    UPF 2011; US$ 74.95

    Almost invisibly, numerous activists are presently engaged in ongoing, nonviolent efforts to build peace and bring about an end to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Beginning in 2004, after the mainstream peace movement collapsed, Maia Hallward spent most of a year observing the work of seven such groups on both sides of the conflict. She returned... more...

  • The Climate of Rebellion in the Early Modern Ottoman Empireby Sam White

    Cambridge University Press 2011; US$ 26.00 US$ 21.32

    This book explores the serious and far-reaching impacts of Little Ice Age climate fluctuations in Ottoman lands. more...

  • City of Heavenly Tranquillityby Jasper Becker

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 15.50

    The great city of Beijing, capital of China from the ninth century, and given its form for five hundred years by the Ming Dynasty, was for a millennium one of the most extraordinary places on earth. At a time when London, Paris, or Rome had only several hundred thousand residents, Beijing held over a million. This book tells the history of this great... more...

  • Iran: Empire of the Mindby Michael Axworthy

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 14.09

    Iran often appears in the media as a hostile and difficult country. But beneath the headlines there is a fascinating story of a nation of great intellectual variety and depth, and enormous cultural importance. A nation whose impact has been tremendous, not only on its neighbours in the Middle East but on the world as a whole ? and through ideas and... more...

  • Grand Centaur Stationby Larry Frolick

    McClelland & Stewart 2011; US$ 18.95

    With the grim determination of an unrepentant rocker, Larry Frolick sets off on a 12,000-mile trek across Central Asia, brooding over the fate of its lost civilizations. From Kiev, Crimean Tartary, and Moscow, through the nomadic homelands of Uzbekistan, Kyrgizstan, Tien-Shan, and finally into distant Mongolia and Siberia, he explores a continent on... more...

  • The 9th Infantry Division in Vietnamby Ira A. Jr. Hunt

    The University Press of Kentucky 2010; US$ 35.00

    Of all the military assignments in Vietnam, perhaps none was more challenging than the defense of the Mekong River Delta region. Operating deep within the Viet Cong--controlled Delta, the 9th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army was charged with protecting the area and its population against Communist insurgents and ensuring the success of the South... more...

  • A Death in Jerusalemby Kati Marton

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 25.00

    On the evening of September 17, 1948, a car carrying Count Folke Bernadotte, the first United Nations?appointed mediator in the Middle East, traveled up a narrow Jerusalem street. As the car shifted gears for the climb toward the New City, an Israeli Army jeep nosed into the road, forcing Bernadotte?s car and the two following him to come to a full... more...

  • A History of Modern Libyaby Dirk Vandewalle

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 24.00 US$ 19.68

    This updated edition of the history of Libya charts developments since 2005 through civil war and Qadhafi's demise. more...