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There are 34 books in this catalogue.
The Underground Girls Of Kabul: The Hidden Lives of Afghan Girls Disguised as Boys
Nordberg, Jenny
Book Number: 65517
ISBN: 9781844087747
Virago Press, London, 2014. 8vo. softcover. 350pp. index. Very good.
Price: $10.00

Oriental Assembly
Lawrence, T. E.
Book Number: 64487
Williams & Norgate London 1944. 8vo. hardcover. 223pp. b/w illus. Very good. / Very good clipped d/w with small stain on front panel.
Price: $30.00

In the Steps of Lawrence Arabia
Glen, Douglas
Book Number: 39534
Rich & Cowan. n.d. 8vo. hardcover. pp. index, b/w illus, fold-out map at rear.very god, some foxing.
Price: $20.00

Backing into the Limelight, A Biography of T. E. Lawrence
Yardley, Michael [T. E. Lawrence ]
Book Number: 39341
ISBN: 0245541993
Harrap, 1985 8vo. hardcover. 267pp. index, b/w illus. very good, light foxing. / very good d/w.
Price: $12.00

Task Force Dagger : The Hunt for Bin Laden
Moore, Robin
Book Number: 37309
ISBN: 0330419900
Pan MacMillan 2004 8vo softcover 456pp colour illus. very good. Recounts America's War on Terror, from the first top-secret meetings of the task force in Tampa on the afternoon of 11 September 2001, through to the liberation of Kabul 62 days later and the tragedies of Operation Anaconda - as seen through the eyes of the Green Berets on the ground.
Price: $8.00

100 Hours to Suez. An Account of Israel's Campaign in the Sinai Peninsula.
Henriques, Robert
Book Number: 39347
Collins 1957 8vo. hardcover. 254pp. b/w illus. very good, light foxing. / very good d/w.
Price: $12.00

The fall of Israel
Chamish, Barry.
Book Number: 25384
ISBN: 0862413559
Edinburgh Canongate Publishers 1992 8vo hardcover 314pp very good+ / very good+ d/w. From Choice: The author is thorough in collecting well-known old scandals and new onesas well as policy failures. {His book} is a polemic whose sincerity and indignation are diminished by a certain stylistic flippancy. In addition, the eagerness to express disgust with the entire Israeli system leads the author to fail, for example, to make a distinction between personal corruption and political party corruption. The result is a volume that indicts without analysis and without remedy. It is also true, however, that such a candid portrayal of Israeli shortcomings is rare.nnFrom The EconomistnBarry Chamish describes himself as an Israeli patriot and war veteran, with no intention of adding to the 'long and ignorant series of Israel bashing by enemies of that country'. He makes no apology for, and appears to support, Israel's position vis-a-vis the Arabs. Yet his book is a ferocious assault onIsrael; not for its foreign policy but for its internal corruption and incompetence. The Israeli people, he says, are decent and caring but exploited by venal politicians and bureaucrats. As a result, those who can afford it are fleeing the country in droves. . . . {The book} is an opinionated and sometimes outrageous whirl through a rogues' gallery of unsavoury politicians, together with potted histories of the more egregious scandals to have rocked the countryin recent years. No area of public life--not even the revered armed forces--emerges without taint.nnFrom David Langsam - New Statesman & SocietynUnfortunately, Chamish's inability to separate fact from fiction and factfrom opinion destroys his book's credibility. He tells readers not to mistake his 'irreverent' style for flippancy, but it is a flippant work. . . . Too many Israelis believe the kind of twaddle that Chamish has woven into his accounts of corruption. They argue in the same way, mixing truth and fiction to suit their case. . . . Chamish shows his real weakness when he ventures on to unfamiliar ground: Arabs in general, Palestinians in particular, and the intifada. . . . He writes like someone whose expectations have not been met. A Canadian who emigrated in 1975, Chamish takes a somewhat hyperbolic approach to theproblems of his adopted country. A more sober account might have been more effective.
Price: $25.00

The Messenger - The Meanings of the Life of Muhammad
Ramadan, Tariq
Book Number: 38772
Penguin, 2007. 8vo. Paperback. New condition. XII, 242pp. Named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most important innovators of the century, Tariq Ramadan is a leading Muslim scholar, with a large following especially among young European and American Muslims. In his first book written for a wide audience, he offers a biography of the Prophet Muhammad, highlighting the spiritual and ethical teachings of one of the most influential figures in human history.Capturing a life that was often eventful, gripping, and highly charged, Ramadan provides an intimate portrait of a man who was shy, kind, but determined, as well as a dramatic chronicle of a leader who launched a great religion and inspired a vast empire. Underscoring the historical importance and meaning of Muhammad, The Messenger addresses the significance of the Prophet for some of today's most controversial issues, such as the treatment of the poor, the role of women, Islamic criminal punishments, war, racism, and relations with other religions.In this thoughtful and engaging biography, Ramadan offers Muslims a new understanding of Muhammad's life and he introduces non-Muslims not only to the story of the Prophet, but to the spiritual and ethical riches of Islam.
Price: $25.00

Out of Iran: One woman's escape from the Ayatollahs
Azadi, Sousan
Book Number: 35829
ISBN: 0356143333
London Macdonald 1987 8vo hardcover 327pp. very good, outer page edges browned. / very good d/w.
Price: $12.00

A Traveller on Horseback: In Eastern Turkey and Iran
Dodwell, Christina
Book Number: 32780
ISBN: 0802710786
New York Walker & Company 1989 8vo hardcover 191pp colour plates, b/w maps. very good, plates bound upside down. / very good d/w.
Price: $15.00

Near East
Beaton, Cecil
Book Number: 44182
London. B. T. Batsford 1943 First edition. 8vo. hardcover. 150pp. b/w plates. Very good, foxing to edges, spine slightly slanted. / Very good d/w with small tear top rear edge.
Price: $15.00

Inside the Mirage - America's Fragile Partnership with Saudi Arabia
Thomas Lippman
Book Number: 38773
ISBN: 0813340527
Westview 2004 The relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia has always been a marriage of convenience, not affection. As the result of a bargain struck between President Roosevelt and Saudi Arabia's founding king in 1945, Americans bought Saudi Arabian oil, and the Saudis bought American: American planes, American weapons, American construction projects, and American know-how. In exchange, the Saudis got modernization, education, and security. The marriage of convenience suited both sides. But how long can it last? In "Inside the Mirage, journalist Thomas W. Lippman shows that behind the cheerful picture of friendship and alliance, there is a grimmer, grimier tale of experience and repression. Saudi Arabia is changing as younger people less enamored of America rise to prominence. And the United States, scorched by Saudi-based terrorism, is forced to rethink this bargain as it continues to play the dominant role in the ever-volatile, ever-shifting Middle East. With so much at stake, this compelling and absolutely necessary account looks at the relationship between these two countries, and their future with one another. 235 pages
Price: $22.00

The Arab Revival
Francesco, Gabrieli
Book Number: 20819
Published Thames and Hudson in Great Revolutions series 1961 8vo. hardcover. 178pp. index. b/w illus. very good, covers slightly bent, owner's signature on fep. / very good d/w.
Price: $10.00

Yasser Arafat
Kiernan, Thomas
Book Number: 26080
ISBN: 0349120897
London Sphere 25 March, 1976 8vo softcover 223pp good+.
Price: $15.00

Between enemies; a compassionate dialogue between an Israeli and an Arab, by Amos Elon and Sana Hassan.
Elon, Amos.
Book Number: 27801
ISBN: 0394495144
New York 1974 8vo hardcover 151pp. very good, pastedown on fep. / good d/w.
Price: $15.00

The Harem. An Account of the Institution as it existed in the palace of the Turkish sultans, with a history of the Grand Seraglio from its foundation to the present time.
Penzer, N. M.
Book Number: 37433
Spring Books, London 1967 8vo. hardcover. 277pp. index, b/w illus. very good. / very good d/w.
Price: $25.00

Veiled Kingdom
Laden, Carmen Bin
Book Number: 37526
ISBN: 1844081028
Virago Press 2004 8vo softcover 209pp colour illus. very good+.
Price: $6.00

Blood and Sand
Gardner, Frank
Book Number: 37977
ISBN: 059305699X
Bantam Press 2006 8vo softcover 383pp. index, colour illus. fine.
Price: $12.00

Stories and Scenes from Mount Lebanon
Saab, Mahmoud Khalil
Book Number: 38795
ISBN: 0863565700
Saqi 2004 8vo. Hardcover. 351pp. At the outbreak of civil war in 1975 Saab realised that Lebanon would be changed forever. He immediately set about recording eyewitness accounts of terrible events as they unfolded as well as stories and aecdotes passed down from one generation to the next. These stories covney not only the horrors of war, but also the rich social and religious diversity of a country whose legacy of generosity, courage and tolerance is rapidly being eroded by a climate of greed.
Price: $18.00

Arafat. From Defender to Dictator.
Aburish, Said K.
Book Number: 40653
ISBN: 0747544301
Bloomsbury Publishing 1999 8vo softcover 360pp index. very good, owner's name on fep.
Price: $10.00

Even after all this time : a story of love, revolution, and leaving Iran / Afschineh Latifi with Pablo F. Fenjves.
Latifi, Afschineh.
Book Number: 40735
ISBN: 0732282489
Sydney Harper Collins 2005 8vo softcover 320pp very good, remainder mark on bottom edge.
Price: $12.00

Ariadne's Thread: Through the Labyrinth to Palestine and Israel
Aitken, Eleanor
Book Number: 41399
ISBN: 0953552500
Cornelian Press 1999 8vo hardcover 226pp index, b/w illus. very good / very good d/w, jacket edges curled. Signed by author.
Price: $25.00

Palestine Twilight
Fox, Edward
Book Number: 41721
ISBN: 0006384595
HarperCollins Publishers 2002 8vo softcover 277pp index. very good+.
Price: $8.00

Out of Iraq
Alsamari, Lewis
Book Number: 42501
ISBN: 0593058240
Bantam Press 2007 Large 8vo softcover 305pp colour illus. very good.
Price: $10.00

The Mess They Made - The Middle East After Iraq
Dyer, Gwynne
Book Number: 55581
ISBN: 9781921215612
Scribe 2007 8vo. Softcover. 295pp. Fine. As Iraq descends ever closer to civil war, no one doubts that George W. Bush's Iraq strategy has been an abysmal failure -- just as Gwynne Dyer argued it would be in both Ignorant Armies and Future: Tense. The question now is what will happen not just in Iraq but in the whole Middle East region once American troops are withdrawn. In The Mess They Made, Dyer predicts that the Middle East will go through the biggest shake up since the region was conquered and folded into the Ottoman Empire five centuries ago.
Price: $8.00

Holy Land, Unholy War. Israelis and Palestinians
Book Number: 55713
ISBN: 0719562082
United Kingdom, John Murray, 2002 8vo softcover 422pp index, b/w illus. very good.
Price: $8.00

Muqtada Al-Sadr and the Fall of Iraq
Cockburn, Patrick
Book Number: 56720
ISBN: 9780571239757
Faber and Faber 2008 8vo. Softcover. 289pp. Very good. Index. Muqtada al-Sadr's men are killing more British troops than any other group in the world today. Cleric, militia leader and fiercely anti-American politician, Muqtada's combination of nationalism and religious fervour appealed to countless angry and impoverished Shias, and as US control of Iraq disintegrates, the likelihood increases that he will assume total power in the Shia areas of the country. In a compelling narrative, award winning war correspondent Patrick Cockburn charts Muqtada's rise to power, his links with Hizbullah and the Iranians; and his confrontation with the American and British military. Cockburn has reported from Iraq since the 1970s (often at great personal risk), and combines first hand accounts of his investigations into Muqtada with vivid and dismaying reportage of the civil war now raging in a fractured country.
Price: $12.00

In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs: A Memoir of Iran
de Bellaigue, Christopher
Book Number: 57646
ISBN: 0066209803
Harper Collins, USA 2005. 8vo. hardcover. 283pp. Fine. / Fine d/w.
Price: $15.00

Besieged. A Doctor's Story of Life and Death in Beirut
Giannou, Dr Chris
Book Number: 57661
ISBN: 0747508895
Bloomsbury, London 1991 8vo. hardcover. 254pp. Very good+. / Very good d/w.
Price: $18.00

A Year Amongst the Persians: Impressions as to the Life, Character, and Thought of the People of Persia, Received During Twelve Months' Residence in that Country in the Years 1887-8
Browne, Edward G.
Book Number: 47210
ISBN: 0705415031
Amsterdam Time-Life Books 1983 8vo. hardcover. Leather binding. Marbled endpapers, gilt page edges. 594pp. Fold-out colour map to front. A facsimile of the 1893 edition by Adam & Charles Black. "Classics of Exploration" series. Fine.
Price: $35.00

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