In 1967, bashir khairi, a twenty-five-year-old palestinian, journeyed to Israel with the goal of seeing the beloved stone house with the lemon tree behind it that he and his family had fled nineteen years earlier. To his surprise, when he found the house he was greeted by Dalia Eshkenazi Landau, a nineteen-year-old Israeli college student, whose family left fled Europe for Israel following the Holocaust.
. Sandy tolan brings the israeli-palestinian conflict down to its most human level, demonstrating that even amid the bleakest political realities there exist stories of hope and transformation. On the stoop of their shared home, dalia and bashir began a rare friendship, forged in the aftermath of war and tested over the next half century in ways that neither could imagine on that summer day in 1967.
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Blood Brothers: The Dramatic Story of a Palestinian Christian Working for Peace in Israel
In blood brothers, he blends his riveting life story with historical research to reveal a little-known side of the arab-israeli conflict, as well as a new foreword by Lynne Hybels and Gabe Lyons, touching on questions such as:•What behind-the-scenes politics touched off the turmoil in the Middle East?•What does Bible prophecy really have to say?•Can bitter enemies ever be reconciled?Now updated with commentary on the current state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this book offers hope and insight that can help each of us learn to live at peace in a world of tension and terror.
. As a child, elias Chacour lived in a small Palestinian village in Galilee. When tens of thousands of palestinians were killed and nearly one million forced into refugee camps in 1948, Elias began a long struggle with how to respond. Baker Books.
Iran Awakening: One Woman's Journey to Reclaim Her Life and Country
She rose quickly to become the first female judge in the country; but when the religious authorities declared women unfit to serve as judges she was demoted to clerk in the courtroom she had once presided over. Ebadi, herself a devout Muslim, represents hope for many in Muslim societies that Islam and democracy are indeed compatible.
Azar nafisi “a moving portrait of a life lived in truth. The new york times book review “A riveting account of a brave, lonely struggle. She eventually fought her way back as a human rights lawyer, defending women and children in politically charged cases that most lawyers were afraid to represent. A new york times notable book • the moving, inspiring memoir of one of the great women of our times, Shirin Ebadi, winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize and advocate for the oppressed, whose spirit has remained strong in the face of political persecution and despite the challenges she has faced raising a family while pursuing her work.
. She has been arrested and been the target of assassination, but through it all has spoken out with quiet bravery on behalf of the victims of injustice and discrimination and become a powerful voice for change, almost universally embraced as a hero. Best known in this country as the lawyer working tirelessly on behalf of Canadian photojournalist, Zara Kazemi—raped, tortured and murdered in Iran—Dr.
Outspoken, controversial, Shirin Ebadi is one of the most fascinating women today.
My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
Friedman’s groundbreaking from beirut to Jerusalem has a book captured the essence and the beating heart of the Middle East as keenly and dynamically as My Promised Land. Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. That it makes you believe anything is possible, even, God help us, peace in the Middle East.
Simon schama, financial Times “A must-read book. Thomas L. The least tendentious book about Israel I have ever read. Leon wieseltier, the new york Times Book Review “Spellbinding. Ari shavit draws on interviews, and letters, historical documents, as well as his own family’s story, illuminating the pivotal moments of the Zionist century to tell a riveting narrative that is larger than the sum of its parts: both personal and national, private diaries, both deeply human and of profound historical dimension.
Praise for my promised land“this book will sweep you up in its narrative force and not let go of you until it is done. Used book in Good Condition. Shavit’s accomplishment is so unlikely, so total.
Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century
Few moments in history have seen as many seismic transformations as 1979. Spiegel Grau. Used book in Good Condition. In strange rebels, veteran journalist Christian Caryl shows how the world we live in today and the problems that plague it began to take shape in this pivotal year. That single year marked the emergence of revolutionary islam as a global political force, the beginning of market revolutions in China and Britain that would radically alter the international economy, and the first stirrings of the resistance movements in Eastern Europe and Afghanistan that ultimately led to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Baker Books. Weaving the story of each of these counterrevolutions into a brisk, gripping narrative, Strange Rebels is a groundbreaking account of how these upheavals marked a startling conservative challenge to communist and socialist systems around the globe, giving birth to our modern age in the process.
Mornings in Jenin: A Novel
Her story is one of love and loss, and finally the need to share her history with her daughter, of childhood and marriage and parenthood, to preserve the greatest love she has. Its power forces us to take a fresh look at one of the defining conflicts of our lifetimes. Through her eyes, we get the story of her brothers, one who is kidnapped to be raised Jewish, with her evolving vision, one who will end with bombs strapped to his middle.
Used book in Good Condition. But of the many interwoven stories, stretching backward and forward in time, none is more important than Amal's own. Baker Books. We follow the abulhejo family as they live through a half century of violent history. A heart-wrenching, powerfully written novel that does for Palestine what The Kite Runner did for Afghanistan.
Mornings in jenin is a multi-generational story about a Palestinian family. Set against one of the twentieth century's most intractable political conflicts, courage, terrorism, identity, love, friendship, Mornings in Jenin is a deeply human novel - a novel of history, surrender, and hope. Used book in Good Condition.
Spiegel Grau. Forcibly removed from the olive-farming village of Ein Hod by the newly formed state of Israel in 1948, the Abulhejos are displaced to live in canvas tents in the Jenin refugee camp. Amidst the loss and fear, hatred and pain, there is always the waiting, as their tents are replaced by more forebodingly permanent cinderblock huts, waiting to return to a lost home.
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
Elegantly structured and written, it is a groundbreaking work of literary nonfiction. John delury, slate “at times a page-turner, at others an intimate study in totalitarian psychology. The philadelphia Inquirer Baker Books. Humanizes a downtrodden, long-suffering people whose individual lives, hopes and dreams are so little known abroad.
San francisco chronicle “The narrow boundaries of our knowledge have expanded radically with the publication of Nothing to Envy. The personal stories are related with novelistic detail. The wall street journal “A tour de force of meticulous reporting. The new york review of Books “Excellent. Offers extensive evidence of the author’s deep knowledge of this country while keeping its sights firmly on individual stories and human details.
The new york times “Deeply moving. She takes us deep inside the country, beyond the reach of government censors, nurture ambitions, and through meticulous and sensitive reporting we see her subjects fall in love, raise families, and struggle for survival. Demick brings to life what it means to be living under the most repressive regime today—an Orwellian world that is by choice not connected to the Internet, where displays of affection are punished, informants are rewarded, and an offhand remark can send a person to the gulag for life.
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Married to a Bedouin
Where you staying?" the Bedouin asked. Baker Books. It was 1978 and she and a friend were travelling through the Middle East when Marguerite met the charismatic Mohammad who convinced her that he was the man for her. A life with mohammad meant moving into his ancient cave and learning to love the regular tasks of baking shrak bread on an open fire and collecting water from the spring.
Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize. Why you not stay with me tonight - in my cave?"' thus begins Marguerite van Geldermalsen's story of how a New Zealand-born nurse came to be married to Mohammad Abdallah Othman, a Bedouin souvenir-seller from the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. Used book in Good Condition.
And as marguerite feels herself becoming part of the Bedouin community, she is thankful for the twist in fate that has led her to this contented life. Used book in Good Condition. Marguerite's light-hearted and guileless observations of the people she comes to love are as heart-warming as they are valuable, charting Bedouin traditions now lost to the modern world.
Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths
. Essential reading for Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike. The washington postvenerated for millennia by three faiths, conquered, rebuilt, and mourned for again and again, torn by irreconcilable conflict, Jerusalem is a sacred city whose very sacredness has engendered terrible tragedy. Used book in Good Condition.
Eminently sane and patient. Spiegel Grau. In this fascinating volume, christians, traces the history of how jews, Karen Armstrong, author of the highly praised A History of God, and Muslims have all laid claim to Jerusalem as their holy place, and how three radically different concepts of holiness have shaped and scarred the city for thousands of years.
Armstrong unfolds a complex story of spiritual upheaval and political transformation--from King David's capital to an administrative outpost of the Roman Empire, from the cosmopolitan city sanctified by Christ to the spiritual center conquered and glorified by Muslims, from the gleaming prize of European Crusaders to the bullet-ridden symbol of the present-day Arab-Israeli conflict.
Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize. Ballantine Books. Splendid. Like karen armstrong's A History of God, Jerusalem is a book for the ages. The best serious, accessible history of the most spiritually important city in the world.
Girl in Translation
Used book in Good Condition. Disguising the more difficult truths of her life-like the staggering degree of her poverty, the weight of her family's future resting on her shoulders, or her secret love for a factory boy who shares none of her talent or ambition-Kimberly learns to constantly translate not just her language but herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles.
Through kimberly's story, who also emigrated from hong kong as a young girl, author Jean Kwok, their duty to their family, and their own personal desires, brings to the page the lives of countless immigrants who are caught between the pressure to succeed in America, exposing a world that we rarely hear about.
Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize. Ballantine Books. Used book in Good Condition. Spiegel Grau. Used book in Good Condition. Introducing a fresh, exciting new voice, an inspiring debut about a Chinese immigrant girl forced to choose between two worlds and two futures. When kimberly chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings.
Written in an indelible voice that dramatizes the tensions of an immigrant girl growing up between two cultures, surrounded by a language and world only half understood, heartbreak and love, Girl in Translation is an unforgettable and classic American immigrant novel—a moving tale of hardship and triumph, and all that gets lost in translation.
From Beirut to Jerusalem
Picador USA. Used book in Good Condition. In a new afterword, and a new look at relations between Israelis and Palestinians, he updates his journey with a fresh discussion of the Arab Awakenings and how they are transforming the area, and Israelis and Israelis. Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas L. Spiegel Grau.
Baker Books. Rich with anecdote, and autobiography, analysis, history, From Beirut to Jerusalem will continue to shape how we see the Middle East for many years to come. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Friedman drew upon his ten years of experience reporting from Lebanon and Israel to write this now-classic work of journalism.
Hershone of the most thought-provoking books ever written about the Middle East, From Beirut to Jerusalem remains vital to our understanding of this complex and volatile region of the world. Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize. Ballantine Books. If you're only going to read one book on the Middle East, this is it.