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

“We find ourselves in good hands throughout the journey. . . . Once in a while his descriptions actually take on a terse Hemingwayesque…

Tribes with Flags

by Charles Glass

“Tribes with Flags is a book you will want to open time and again. Charlie Glass has a great travel writer’s eye. By capturing…

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 after the war. . . . As an embedded reporter, Zucchino spent enough time with the troops he covered to understand the complex social dynamics that…


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…