Tag Archives: Middle East/General

How the West Stole Democracy from the Arabs

by Elizabeth F. Thompson

The story of a pivotal moment in modern world history, when Arabs established a representative democracy — and how the West crushed it

An Arabian Journey

by Levison Wood

From award-winning TV adventurer and best-selling travel writer Levison Wood, an enthralling account of his expedition around the Arabian Peninsula, from Iraq to Lebanon.

Journey Among Brave Men

by Dana Adams Schmidt

Originally published in 1964, the captivating story of a New York Times correspondent’s fifty-nine-day expedition into the heart of war-torn Iraqi Kurdistan to meet…

Enemies and Neighbors

by Ian Black

“Comprehensive and compelling . . . A nuanced, landmark study that has deservedly won plaudits from both Palestinian and Israeli historians.” —Sunday Times (UK)

Saddam Hussein

by Efraim Karsh

“Karsh and Rautsi have set a standard for evidence and analytical rigor that other biographers will be hard-pressed to match… Not only do the full documentation and precise style reflect a long investment in research and writing, but the authors have produced a subtle interpretation of Saddam, which casts him…

War Reporting for Cowards

by Chris Ayres

…bout of cowardice he managed to record the event with grace. . . . War Reporting for Cowards reminded me of the granddaddy of the genre, Evelyn Waugh’s novel Scoop, and that Ayres’s book can be mentioned in the same sentence is a tribute. . . . The truly indispensable…

Thunder Run

by David Zucchino

“Zucchino paints a vivid picture of the battle by stiching together the narratives of soldiers, officers, generals and Iraqis whom he interviewed during and…


by Karl Sabbagh

“Relating the story of Palestine through his own family, Karl Sabbagh (the son of a Palestinian father and an English mother) gives a poignant,…

One Thousand Roads to Mecca

by Michael Wolfe

“Wolfe does an exemplary job of detailing the ceremonies performed at Mecca and the reasons behind them. The chosen excerpts give the readers a…

The Middle East and Islamic World Reader

by Marvin Gettleman

A broad-ranging survey of the Muslim world, newly revised and expanded to include the dramatic events of the Arab Spring.