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  • Hello Dubaiby Joe Bennett

    Simon & Schuster UK 2011; US$ 21.74

    Boom town, modern marvel, commercial hub, where middle-east meets wealthy west, playground for tourists, crawling with ex-pats, built by Indians, owned by Arabs, Dubai has risen from next to nothing to an awful lot in little more than thirty years. How? And can it go on? Has it sold itself to the corporate dollar? Is it anything more than a mall in... more...

  • The Root of Wild Madderby Brian Murphy

    Simon & Schuster 2006; Not Available

    Wisdom of a Turkmen proverb. The Root of Wild Madder opens with an invitation that flows from the same ancient inspiration. "A carpet is poetry itself," an Iranian carpet merchant declares to author Brian Murphy. "You just have to learn to read them." So begins a journey. It follows Persian carpets from the remote villages of Afghanistan... more...

  • A Hedonist's Guide to Bakuby Ben Illis

    Hg2 2010; US$ 12.00

    Once the richest oil city in the world, several decades of Soviet occupation left the capital of Azerbaijan leagues behind the competition. Now a new wave of oil money and development has fed Baku?s growth into one of the most excitingly developing cities on the globe. In this, the first English language guide to Baku in the world, Hg2 unveils a city... more...

  • Live and Work in Dubaiby Meera Asish; Ashish Meera

    Constable & Robinson 2011; US$ 14.57

    Ostentatious, glam, materialistic, and tax free, Dubai is one of the most popular overseas locations for expatriate professionals. But although Dubai's population is made up of 75% expats compared to 25% locals, there is still an old town, away from the artificial world of glass skyscrapers shooting up towards the sky. The souks, the heart of urban... more...

  • Journey Into Cyprusby Colin Thubron

    Random House 2012; US$ 13.08

    The people, their history and the beauty of an island on the brink of tragedy. This is the account of a unique journey - a six-hundred-mile trek on foot around Cyprus in the last year of the island's peace. Colin Thubron intertwines myth, history and personal anecdote in a quest from which the characters and places, architecture and landscape... more...

  • Tribes with Flags: Adventure and Kidnap in Greater Syriaby Charles Glass

    HarperCollins Publishers 2012; Not Available

    ?Tribes With Flags? is the gripping story of Charles Glass's dramatic journey through Greater Syria which provides background context to a troubled region once again in the headlines. more...

  • CultureShock! Saudi Arabiaby Peter North; Harvey Tripp

    Marshall Cavendish 2012; US$ 12.75

    CultureShock! Saudi Arabia provides an insight into living and working in a kingdom where Islam governs almost every aspect of life. Uncover the true psyche of the Saudi people—the men clad in their thobes and gutra and women in their abayas—and their unique way of life, a lifestyle which foreigners may find alien and a challenge to cope... more...

  • An Unexpected Lightby Jason Elliot

    Picador 2011; US$ 18.99

    Part historical evocation, part travelogue, and part personal quest, An Unexpected Light is the account of Elliot's journey through Afghanistan, a country considered off-limits to travelers for twenty years. Aware of the risks involved, but determined to explore what he could of the Afghan people and culture, Elliot leaves the relative security... more...

  • Mirrors of the Unseenby Jason Elliot

    St. Martin's Press 2007; US$ 20.99

    In our current climate of war and suspicion, Iran is depicted as the ?next? rogue nation that America and the world must ?deal with.? But the rhetoric about nuclear weapons and jihad obscures the real Iran: an ancient nation and culture, both sophisticated and isolated, which still exists clandestinely in major cities as well as the country?s remote... more...

  • The Pharaoh's Shadowby Anthony Sattin

    Eland Publishing 2012; US$ 14.57

    In a ruined temple on the Nile, Anthony Sattin sees a woman praying to the gods of ancient Egypt to bless her with a child. Later in central Cairo he experiences the exuberant celebrations of a saint?s day and hears their stony condemnation by an Islamist. The ancient continues to rub up against the modern just as dramatically as when Flaubert wrote,... more...