Middle East

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“Part intriguing spy story, gripping war story, and compassionate love story, the book brings the reader right into the action . . .”

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“if we are to judge those who collaborated with Nazis, we must deliberate upon their dilemmas in order to deepen our own definition and sense of humanity.”

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American involvement in Southeast Asia was bigger than Vietnam. Indeed, US forces were spread out between South Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.

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“Chapman’s tenacity in sacrificing himself to save the lives of his comrades as other forces attempt to rescue him truly stand out as an example of the best America has to offer . .

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“an effective attempt to inform and enlighten readers on a topic of immense importance.

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“a campaign that plays out like a John le Carré novel . . .”

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When US Army Private Bowe Bergdahl went outside the wire of his military basecamp in Afghanistan in 2009, and wandered around to talk to the enemy, he was within hours captured by the Taliban.

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“Friedman’s account of the Arab Section is an eye-opening narrative of the early days of the State of Israel. It is not an optimistic story, but a genuine and sorrowful one.”

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“One comes away from Dilip Hiro’s new book Cold War in the Islamic World with a heightened appreciation for the complexities of politics in the Islamic world.

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“Although America and Israel have been best of friends since 1967, Mellen’s latest work claims that this friendship is based on betrayal and spilt blood.”

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“for anyone interested in understanding the shocking manner in which the rights of the Palestinians, along with international law, have been violated for decades, all with U.S.

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Women have always struggled to obtain their due in and from this country, from the Revolution right through to today.

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“Anzio was in fact a great defensive victory that was won by the valor of the British and American troops that defended the beachhead . . .”

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“this informative, well-written, and highly controversial book will be enlightening for readers unfamiliar with the long history of war between these two faiths. . . .”

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Some say protests in Gaza are useless. Nothing is gained. There are no tangible results. But they may be asking the wrong question. Sometimes, tangible results are not what matters.

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“the backstory of Lawrence of Arabia is now more complete . . .”

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“an outstanding primer to understanding this very complex and tragic conflict . . .”

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Such is the molten hot fury of Syria’s now almost seven-year conflict, that it seems hard to think back to how things were before.

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Gaza: An Inquest into its Martyrdom is an extraordinary book. It is also a difficult book to read.

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Dave Eggers, the accomplished Northern California novelist, returns to nonfiction storytelling with this captivating account of a young Yemeni-American businessman who dreams of reviving his homela

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“an insightful book, providing a closeup look at a conflict that has bedeviled the Middle East and only added fuel to the ongoing fires in that region.”  

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“a beautifully crafted, informative book about a period, place, and people in history that fascinate . . .”

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“the work weeps melancholy and sadness as one would expect from someone who so clearly loves his country.”

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