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Jericho

by Robert Ruby Henry Holt and Co. (November 11, 2014)

It is a place both mythic and all too real, a place thought to be the site of one of our oldest human settlements and known to be a center of ancient cultures and annihilating conflicts. It sits at the bottom...


The Art of Avaz and Mohammad Reza Shajarian: Foundations and Contexts

by Rob Simms & Amir Koushkani Lexington Books (January 20, 2012)

The Art of Avaz and Mohammad Reza Shajarian: Foundations and Contexts, by Rob Simms and Amir Koushkani, examines the traditional art of singing classical Persian poetry, as represented by its greatest living...


Israel: Is It Good for the Jews?

by Richard Cohen Simon & Schuster (September 16, 2014)

A very personal journey through Jewish history (and Cohen’s own), and a passionate defense of Israel’s legitimacy.

Richard Cohen’s book is part reportage, part memoir—an intimate journey through the history...


Israel vs. Utopia

by Joel Schalit Akashic Books (October 01, 2009)

Israeli American journalist Schalit distinguishes between the Israel he knows and the image of it in the minds of Americans.


Britain's Unfulfilled Mandate for Palestine

by Nick Reynold Lexington Books (June 12, 2014)

The Middle East and its problems have become a constant source of news and public interest, but the current issues cannot be understood without a firm grasp on the historical context of the conflicts. Britain’s...


Zadokite Propaganda in the Late Second Temple Period: A Turning Point in Jewish History

by Heerak Christian Kim UPA (April 23, 2014)

Zadokite Propaganda in the Late Second Temple Period is a monumental work of scholarship in ancient history and Jewish studies. This book examines centuries of scholarship on ancient Jewish group identity and...


Israel at Sixty: An Oral History of a Nation Reborn

by Deborah Hart Strober Wiley (February 01, 2008)

Based on extensive interviews, Israel at Sixty presents a balanced, comprehensive account of this complex and amazing land. It re-creates historic events from the actions of Israel's founding visionaries through...


All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror

by Stephen Kinzer Wiley (January 01, 2008)

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’s elected prime minister, ushered in a quarter-century...


Defending the City of God

by Sharan Newman St. Martin's Press (April 29, 2014)

Jerusalem sits at the crossroads of three continents and has been continuously invaded for millennia. Yet, in the middle of one of the region's most violent eras, the Crusades, an amazing multicultural world...


Historical Dictionary of Ancient Israel

by Niels Peter Lemche Scarecrow Press (December 10, 2003)

This reference examines sources in the Old Testament and surveys the findings of recent archaeological research. It includes entries on the significant persons, places and events; covers the Kingdoms of Israel...


Israeli Culture on the Road to the Yom Kippur War

by Dalia Gavriely-Nuri Lexington Books (February 27, 2014)

While many scholars have tried to explain why Israel was caught unawares despite its sophisticated military intelligence services, Dalia Gavriely-Nuri looks beyond the military, intelligence, and political explanations...


The 188th Crybaby Brigade

by Joel Chasnoff Free Press (February 09, 2010)

Look at me. Do you see me? Do you see me in my olive-green uniform, beret, and shiny black boots? Do you see the assault rifle slung across my chest? Finally! I am the badass Israeli soldier at the side of...


Crossing Mandelbaum Gate

by Kai Bird Scribner (April 20, 2010)

PULITZER PRIZE WINNER KAI BIRD’S fascinating memoir of his early years spent in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon provides an original and illuminating perspective into the Arab-Israeli conflict....


Aliya

by Liel Leibovitz St. Martin's Press (December 17, 2013)

a·li·ya, n., also aliyah. pl. aliyas or aliyot.

The immigration of Jews into Israel.

Why would American Jews---not just materially successful in this country but perhaps for the first time in the two-thousand-year...


Six Days

by Jeremy Bowen St. Martin's Press (December 03, 2013)

Suicide attacks on Israelis, bombings, assassinations, and bloodshed in Jerusalem, Gaza, and the West Bank dominate the news from the Middle East. It is the most troubled region on earth. At its heart is the...


State of Failure

by Jonathan Schanzer St. Martin's Press (October 29, 2013)

The biggest obstacle to Palestinian statehood may not be Israel

In September 2011, president Mahmoud Abbas stood before the United Nations General Assembly and dramatically announced his intention to achieve...


Historical Dictionary of Israel

by Bernard Reich & David H. Goldberg Scarecrow Press (April 25, 2008)

The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Israel addresses the need in the literature on Israel for a comprehensive impartial information source about the various diplomatic and political personalities,...


Israel, Palestine, & the Quest for Middle East Peace

by Dennis J. Deeb Ii UPA (June 13, 2013)

This book objectively aims to provide both a historical narrative of the events surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a historiography exploring the failures to achieve a final settlement between...


International Legitimacy and the Politics of Security: The Strategic Deployment of Lawyers in the Israeli Military

by Alan Craig Lexington Books (May 29, 2013)

The politics of security is increasingly concerned with the legitimacy of military operations, demanding a political engagement with law and ethics that is empowering the lawyers through a continuing expansion...


1001 Facts Everyone Should Know about Israel

by Mitchell G. Bard & Moshe Schwartz Jason Aronson, Inc. (November 01, 2005)

Hardly a day passes when Israel is not in the news. This book provides essential facts about not only the political events in the news, but also the positive contributions Israel is making in the arts and sciences....


What Israel Means to Me: By 80 Prominent Writers, Performers, Scholars, Politicians, and Journalists

by Alan Dershowitz Wiley (April 21, 2008)

Personal and Passionate Reflections on the Land and Its People

"The Mediterranean landscape, the exuberance of the Israelis, the way politics is a matter of life and death there-all these things beguiled me."...


Ethnographic Encounters in Israel: Poetics and Ethics of Fieldwork

by Fran Markowitz Indiana University Press (June 11, 2013)

Israel is a place of paradoxes, a small country with a diverse population and complicated social terrain. Studying its culture and social life means confronting a multitude of ethical dilemmas and methodological...


The Case Against Israel's Enemies: Exposing Jimmy Carter and Others Who Stand in the Way of Peace

by Alan Dershowitz Wiley (November 03, 2008)

The New York Times bestselling author of The Case for Israel takes on the greatest threats faced by Israel today

In addition to Hamas, which provoked the recent war and Gaza with its rocket attacks on Israeli...


Fortress Israel

by Patrick Tyler Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 18, 2012)

"Once in the military system, Israelis never fully exit," writes the prizewinning journalist Patrick Tyler in the prologue to Fortress Israel. "They carry the military identity for life, not just through service...


Sleeping on a Wire

by David Grossman & Haim Watzman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 19, 2003)

Israel describes itself as a Jewish state. What, then, is the status of the one-fifth of its citizens who are not Jewish? Are they Israelis, or are they Palestinians? Or are they a people without a country?...


The Crisis of Zionism

by Peter Beinart Henry Holt and Co. (March 27, 2012)

Israel's next great crisis may come not with the Palestinians or Iran but with young American Jews

A dramatic shift is taking place in Israel and America. In Israel, the deepening occupation of the West Bank...


A New Voice for Israel

by Jeremy Ben-Ami St. Martin's Press (July 19, 2011)

Many Americans who care about Israel's future are questioning whether the hard-line, uncritical stances adopted by many traditional pro-Israel advocates really serve the country's best interests over the long-term....


Hamas vs. Fatah

by Jonathan Schanzer & Daniel Pipes St. Martin's Press (November 11, 2008)

In June 2007 civil war broke out in the Gaza Strip between two rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah. Western peace efforts in the region always focused on reconciling two opposing fronts: Israel and Palestine....


Israel Is Real

by Rich Cohen Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 21, 2009)

A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE

A SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE BESTSELLER

In AD 70, when the Second Temple was destroyed, a handful of visionaries saved Judaism by reinventing it, taking what had been...


A Wall in Palestine

by René Backmann & A. Kaiser Picador (February 02, 2010)

The West Bank Barrier is expected to be completed in 2010. Declared illegal by the United Nations International Court of Justice, this network of concrete walls, trenches, and barbed-wire fences could permanently...


Mossad

by Michael Bar-Zohar & Nissim Mishal Ecco (November 06, 2012)

"This book tells what should have been known and isn't—that Israel's hidden force is as formidable as its recognized physical strength."

— Israeli President Shimon Peres

For decades, Israel's renowned security...


Records of Dispossession: Palestinian Refugee Property and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

by Michael R. Fischbach Columbia University Press (November 26, 2003)

No issue in the Arab-Israeli conflict has proven more intractable than the status of the Palestinian refugees. This work focuses on the controversial question of the property left behind by the refugees during...


Shadow Strike

by Yaakov Katz St. Martin's Press (May 07, 2019)

The never-before-told inside story of how Israel stopped Syria from becoming a global nuclear nightmare—and its far-reaching implications

On September 6, 2007, shortly after midnight, Israeli fighters advanced...


Passage to Israel

by Karen Lehrman Bloch & Chloé Simone Valdary Skyhorse (November 29, 2016)

Bursting with lush, vibrant photographs, Passage to Israel is a timeless tribute to one of the world’s most soulful, resolute, and newsworthy countries. Divided into sections such as Soul, Spirit, Awe, Quiet,...


The Blasphemer

by Waleed Al-Husseini Arcade (May 09, 2017)

The Infuriating Tale Of A Young Palestinian Punished For Exercising His Freedom Of Speech.

Like many of his generation, Waleed Al-Husseini began a blog in his twenties. However, unlike many, Waleed also had the...


Jerusalem, Drawn and Quartered

by Sarah Tuttle-Singer Skyhorse (May 22, 2018)

On a night in 1999 when Sarah Tuttle-Singer was barely 18, she was stoned by Palestinian kids just outside one of the gates to the Old City of Jerusalem. In the years that followed, she was terrified to explore...


My Father's Paradise

by Ariel Sabar Algonquin Books (October 13, 2009)

In a remote corner of the world, forgotten for nearly three thousand years, lived an enclave of Kurdish Jews so isolated that they still spoke Aramaic, the language of Jesus. Mostly illiterate, they were self-made...


Pumpkinflowers

by Matti Friedman Algonquin Books (May 03, 2016)

“A book about young men transformed by war, written by a veteran whose dazzling literary gifts gripped my attention from the first page to the last.”The Wall Street Journal

“Friedman’s sober and...


Israeli Settlements

by Martin Blecher Hamilton Books (October 15, 2018)

Most research and analyses of Israel’s settlement enterprise has focused on the usage of particular paragraphs in the Geneva Convention. For over 50 years Israel has refuted the usage of the Geneva Convention...


Occupied Lives

by Nina Gren The American University in Cairo Press (November 20, 2015)

Intense media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict does not necessarily enhance one's knowledge or understanding of the Palestinians; on the contrary they are more often than not reduced to either victims...


Palestine

by Nur Masalha Zed Books (August 15, 2018)

• The first book to fully span the country’s millennia-old history.

• Draws on the latest archaeological evidence as well an impressive range of documentary sources.

• Author is a distinguished Palestinian...


Mapping My Return

by Salman Abu Sitta The American University in Cairo Press (May 10, 2016)

Salman Abu Sitta, who has single-handedly made available crucial mapping work on Palestine, was just ten years old when he left his home near Beersheba in 1948, but as for many Palestinians of his generation,...


Yusif Sayigh

by Rosemary Sayigh The American University in Cairo Press (March 01, 2015)

An acclaimed economist and lifelong Palestinian nationalist Yusif Sayigh (1916-2004) came of age at a time of immense political change in the Middle East. Born in al-Bassa, near Acre in northern Palestine, he...


Quakers in the Israeli Palestinian Conflict

by Nancy Gallagher The American University in Cairo Press (September 01, 2007)

The Israeli Palestinian conflict has resulted in the longest-standing refugee crisis in the world today. Based on new archival research and interviews with surviving participants, this book considers one early...


Gaza

by Norman Finkelstein University of California Press (January 09, 2018)

The Gaza Strip is among the most densely populated places in the world. More than two-thirds of its inhabitants are refugees, and more than half are under eighteen years of age. Since 2004, Israel has launched...


Electrical Palestine

by Fredrik Meiton University of California Press (November 20, 2018)

Electricity is an integral part of everyday life, so integral that we rarely think of it as political. There has been almost no understanding of the power and infrastructure dynamics at the beginning of the...


An Oral History of the Palestinian Nakba

by Doctor Nahla Abdo & Nur Masalha Zed Books (May 15, 2018)

  • Ties together Palestinian experiences from 1948 to the present, revealing the Nakba to be part of an ongoing process of cultural erasure, and a crucial aspect of Palestinian identity.

  • An interdisciplinary collection...

The Smile of the Human Bomb

by Gideon Aran & Jeffrey Green Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

In 2017, nearly six thousand people were killed in suicide attacks across the world.

In The Smile of the Human Bomb, Gideon Aran dissects the moral logic of the suicide terrorism that led to those deaths. The...


Mohammad Reza Shajarian's Avaz in Iran and Beyond, 1979-2010

by Rob Simms & Amir Koushkani Lexington Books (March 22, 2012)

Mohammad Reza Shajarian’s Avaz in Iran and Beyond, 1979–2010 is a comprehensive study of the legacy of Mohammad Reza Shajarian, the greatest living exponent of avaz, the traditional art of singing classical...


The Crescent Moon and the Magen David

by Karel Valansi Hamilton Books (February 20, 2018)

The nationalist outlook of the Turkish state since the beginning of the Republican era in 1923 targeted uniform identity formation. While Turkey did not recognize the existence of ethnic identities as long as...