Tag Archives: Middle East/General

The Hadj

by Michael Wolfe

“The most engaging of travel books . . . his pilgrimage will move people of all faiths–and of none at all, because it describes…

Guests of the Ayatollah

by Mark Bowden

“Heart-stopping, and heart-breaking.” —James Traub, New York Times Book Review


by Christopher Dickey

“In this engaging book, laced with humor, pathos and sensitivity, Mr. Dickey unveils this new Arabia, shaped by the sometimes creative, always skeptical tension…

A Diamond in the Desert

by Jo Tatchell

Part history, part memoir, part travel guide, this search for the mysteries behind one of the world’s richest cities is “the best book ….

Confessions of a Mullah Warrior

by Masood Farivar

From an Afghan with deep roots in his nation’s history, a courageous and evocative memoir of fleeing the Soviet invasion, coming of age in…

Assassins of the Turquoise Palace

by Roya Hakakian

“[Assassins of the Turquoise Palace] is a painstaking and riveting account—a true story that reads like an international thriller.” —The Daily Beast, “Ten Books…

Arafat’s War

by Efraim Karsh

“The savage battle between Palestinians and Israelis is often presented as if it were historically predestined.  But in this eye-opening and exhaustively researched book,…


by Hugh Miles

“A detailed, absorbing look at the organization, the world it covers and the international media. . . . In describing Al Jazeera’s rise, Miles illuminates the shaky balance the channel has attempted to strike between Arab thought and Western influences.” –Publishers Weekly…