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Jericho

by Robert Ruby Henry Holt and Co. (November 10, 2014)

It is a place both mythic and all too real, a place thought to be the site of one of our oldest human settlements and known to be a center of ancient cultures and annihilating conflicts. It sits at the bottom...


The Art of Avaz and Mohammad Reza Shajarian: Foundations and Contexts

by Amir Koushkani & Rob Simms Lexington Books (January 20, 2012)

The Art of Avaz and Mohammad Reza Shajarian: Foundations and Contexts, by Rob Simms and Amir Koushkani, examines the traditional art of singing classical Persian poetry, as represented by its greatest living...


Israel: Is It Good for the Jews?

by Richard Cohen Simon & Schuster (September 16, 2014)

A very personal journey through Jewish history (and Cohen’s own), and a passionate defense of Israel’s legitimacy.

Richard Cohen’s book is part reportage, part memoir--an intimate journey through the history...


Israel vs. Utopia

by Joel Schalit Akashic Books (October 01, 2009)

Israeli American journalist Schalit distinguishes between the Israel he knows and the image of it in the minds of Americans.


Britain's Unfulfilled Mandate for Palestine

by Nick Reynold Lexington Books (June 12, 2014)

The Middle East and its problems have become a constant source of news and public interest, but the current issues cannot be understood without a firm grasp on the historical context of the conflicts. Britain’s...


Zadokite Propaganda in the Late Second Temple Period: A Turning Point in Jewish History

by Heerak Christian Kim UPA (April 23, 2014)

Zadokite Propaganda in the Late Second Temple Period is a monumental work of scholarship in ancient history and Jewish studies. This book examines centuries of scholarship on ancient Jewish group identity and...


Israel at Sixty: An Oral History of a Nation Reborn

by Deborah Hart Strober Wiley (February 01, 2008)

Based on extensive interviews, Israel at Sixty presents a balanced, comprehensive account of this complex and amazing land. It re-creates historic events from the actions of Israel's founding visionaries through...


All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror

by Stephen Kinzer Wiley (January 01, 2008)

With a thrilling narrative that sheds much light on recent events, this national bestseller brings to life the 1953 CIA coup in Iran that ousted the country’s elected prime minister, ushered in a quarter-century...


Defending the City of God

by Sharan Newman St. Martin's Press (April 28, 2014)

Jerusalem sits at the crossroads of three continents and has been continuously invaded for millennia. Yet, in the middle of one of the region's most violent eras, the Crusades, an amazing multicultural world...


Historical Dictionary of Ancient Israel

by Niels Peter Lemche Scarecrow Press (December 10, 2003)

This reference examines sources in the Old Testament and surveys the findings of recent archaeological research. It includes entries on the significant persons, places and events; covers the Kingdoms of Israel...


Israeli Culture on the Road to the Yom Kippur War

by Dalia Gavriely-Nuri Lexington Books (February 27, 2014)

While many scholars have tried to explain why Israel was caught unawares despite its sophisticated military intelligence services, Dalia Gavriely-Nuri looks beyond the military, intelligence, and political explanations...


The 188th Crybaby Brigade

by Joel Chasnoff Free Press (February 09, 2010)

Look at me. Do you see me? Do you see me in my olive-green uniform, beret, and shiny black boots? Do you see the assault rifle slung across my chest? Finally! I am the badass Israeli soldier at the side of...


Crossing Mandelbaum Gate

by Kai Bird Scribner (April 20, 2010)

PULITZER PRIZE WINNER KAI BIRD'S fascinating memoir of his early years spent in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon provides an original and illuminating perspective into the Arab-Israeli conflict....


Six Days

by Jeremy Bowen Thomas Dunne Books (December 02, 2013)

Suicide attacks on Israelis, bombings, assassinations, and bloodshed in Jerusalem, Gaza, and the West Bank dominate the news from the Middle East. It is the most troubled region on earth. At its heart is the...


State of Failure

by Jonathan Schanzer St. Martin's Press (October 28, 2013)

The biggest obstacle to Palestinian statehood may not be Israel

In September 2011, president Mahmoud Abbas stood before the United Nations General Assembly and dramatically announced his intention to achieve...


Historical Dictionary of Israel

by Bernard Reich & David H. Goldberg Scarecrow Press (April 25, 2008)

The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Israel addresses the need in the literature on Israel for a comprehensive impartial information source about the various diplomatic and political personalities,...


Israel, Palestine, & the Quest for Middle East Peace

by Dennis J. Deeb Ii UPA (June 13, 2013)

This book objectively aims to provide both a historical narrative of the events surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a historiography exploring the failures to achieve a final settlement between...


International Legitimacy and the Politics of Security: The Strategic Deployment of Lawyers in the Israeli Military

by Alan Craig Lexington Books (May 29, 2013)

The politics of security is increasingly concerned with the legitimacy of military operations, demanding a political engagement with law and ethics that is empowering the lawyers through a continuing expansion...


1001 Facts Everyone Should Know about Israel

by Mitchell G. Bard & Moshe Schwartz Jason Aronson, Inc. (November 01, 2005)

Hardly a day passes when Israel is not in the news. This book provides essential facts about not only the political events in the news, but also the positive contributions Israel is making in the arts and sciences....


What Israel Means to Me: By 80 Prominent Writers, Performers, Scholars, Politicians, and Journalists

by Alan Dershowitz Wiley (April 21, 2008)

Personal and Passionate Reflections on the Land and Its People

"The Mediterranean landscape, the exuberance of the Israelis, the way politics is a matter of life and death there-all these things beguiled me."...


Ethnographic Encounters in Israel: Poetics and Ethics of Fieldwork

by Fran Markowitz Indiana University Press (June 11, 2013)

Israel is a place of paradoxes, a small country with a diverse population and complicated social terrain. Studying its culture and social life means confronting a multitude of ethical dilemmas and methodological...


The Case Against Israel's Enemies: Exposing Jimmy Carter and Others Who Stand in the Way of Peace

by Alan Dershowitz Wiley (November 03, 2008)

The New York Times bestselling author of The Case for Israel takes on the greatest threats faced by Israel today

In addition to Hamas, which provoked the recent war and Gaza with its rocket attacks on Israeli...


Fortress Israel

by Patrick Tyler Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 17, 2012)

"Once in the military system, Israelis never fully exit," writes the prizewinning journalist Patrick Tyler in the prologue to Fortress Israel. "They carry the military identity for life, not just through service...


Sleeping on a Wire

by David Grossman & Haim Watzman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 18, 2003)

Israel describes itself as a Jewish state. What, then, is the status of the one-fifth of its citizens who are not Jewish? Are they Israelis, or are they Palestinians? Or are they a people without a country?...


The Crisis of Zionism

by Peter Beinart Times Books (March 26, 2012)

Israel's next great crisis may come not with the Palestinians or Iran but with young American Jews

A dramatic shift is taking place in Israel and America. In Israel, the deepening occupation of the West Bank...


A New Voice for Israel

by Jeremy Ben-Ami St. Martin's Press (July 18, 2011)

Many Americans who care about Israel's future are questioning whether the hard-line, uncritical stances adopted by many traditional pro-Israel advocates really serve the country's best interests over the long-term....


A Shift in Time

by Lena Einhorn Yucca (March 15, 2016)

Did the Christian Church rewrite history?

In the midst of her research on the historical Jesus, scholar Lena Einhorn stumbled upon a surprising find. While reading through narratives of the Jewish revolt by first-century...


Untangling the Middle East

by Ori Z. Soltes Skyhorse (August 22, 2017)

A lucid and engaging breakdown of the history, culture, and politics that define today's Middle East.

Untangling the Middle East is a layman's guide to the historypolitical, religious, and culturalthat led us...


The Gatekeepers

by Dror Moreh, Yael Schonfeld Abel & Dennis Ross Skyhorse (August 18, 2015)

The companion to the Oscar-nominated documentary, an unparalleled look inside Israel's security establishment.

Imagine the following situation: You have just received a tip that six suicide bombers are making...


Hamas vs. Fatah

by Jonathan Schanzer & Daniel Pipes St. Martin's Press (November 10, 2008)

In June 2007 civil war broke out in the Gaza Strip between two rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah. Western peace efforts in the region always focused on reconciling two opposing fronts: Israel and Palestine....


Bibi

by Anshel Pfeffer & Paul Boehmer Hachette Book Group (May 01, 2018)

A deeply reported biography of the controversial Israeli prime minister, showing that we cannot understand Israel today without first understanding the man who leads it

For many in Israel and elsewhere, Benjamin...


Harpoon

by Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Samuel M. Katz & Paul Boehmer Hachette Books (November 07, 2017)

A revelatory account of the cloak-and-dagger Israeli campaign to target the finances fueling terror organizations--an effort that became the blueprint for U.S. efforts to combat threats like ISIS and drug cartels....


Israel Is Real

by Rich Cohen Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 20, 2009)

A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE

A SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE BESTSELLER

In AD 70, when the Second Temple was destroyed, a handful of visionaries saved Judaism by reinventing it, taking what had been...


A Wall in Palestine

by René Backmann & A. Kaiser Picador (February 01, 2010)

The West Bank Barrier is expected to be completed in 2010. Declared illegal by the United Nations International Court of Justice, this network of concrete walls, trenches, and barbed-wire fences could permanently...


Be Strong and of Good Courage

by Dennis Ross & David Makovsky PublicAffairs (September 02, 2019)

Modern Israel's founding fathers provided some of the boldest and most principled leadership of any nation--now Israel needs their example more than ever.

Modern Israel's founding fathers provided some of the...


An Innocent Bystander

by Julie Salamon Little, Brown and Company (June 10, 2019)

The definitive story of one American family at the center of a single, shocking act of international terrorism that "manages to capture the essence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict" (Dan Ephron).

On October...


The Virtue of Nationalism

by Yoram Hazony Basic Books (September 03, 2018)

A leading conservative thinker argues that a nationalist order is the only realistic safeguard of liberty in the world today

Nationalism is the issue of our age. From Donald Trump's "America First" politics...


Bibi

by Anshel Pfeffer Basic Books (April 30, 2018)

A deeply reported biography of the scandal-plagued Israeli Prime Minister, showing that we cannot understand Israel--its history, present, and future--without first understanding the life and worldview of the...


In Days to Come

by Avraham Burg & Joel Greenberg Bold Type Books (January 08, 2018)

"The first childhood memory I have of my father is linked to the destruction of empires--the collapse of a world order that had once seemed eternal."

So begins Avraham Burg's authoritative and deeply personal...


The Making of Modern Zionism

by Shlomo Avineri Basic Books (April 03, 2017)

An expanded edition of a classic intellectual history of Zionism, now covering the rise of religious Zionism since the 1970s

For eighteen centuries pious Jews had prayed for the return to Jerusalem, but only...


Bethlehem

by Nicholas Blincoe Bold Type Books (November 06, 2017)

"[Bethlehem] brings within reach 11,000 years of history, centering on the beloved town's unique place in the world. Blincoe's love of Bethlehem is compelling, even as he does not shy away from the complexities...


The Seventh Million

by Tom Segev & Haim Watzman Hill and Wang (November 11, 2019)

This monumental work of history, The Seventh Million, shows the decisive impact of the Holocaust on the identity, ideology and politics of Israel.

With unflinching honesty, Tom Segev examines the most sensitive...


The Hundred Years' War on Palestine

by Rashid Khalidi Metropolitan Books (January 27, 2020)

A landmark history of one hundred years of war waged against the Palestinians from the foremost US historian of the Middle East, told through pivotal events and family history

In 1899, Yusuf Diya al-Khalidi,...


Mike's Place

by Jack Baxter, Joshua Faudem & Koren Shadmi First Second (June 08, 2015)

There's a rule at Mike's Place: never, ever talk politics or religion. At this blues bar on the Tel Aviv beachfront, an international cast of characters mingles with the locals, and everyone is welcome to grab...


The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

by Ilan Pappe Oneworld Publications (September 01, 2007)

The book that is providing a storm of controversy, from ‘Israel’s bravest historian’ (John Pilger)

Renowned Israeli historian, Ilan Pappe's groundbreaking book revisits the formation of the State of Israel....


Gaza

by Donald Macintyre Oneworld Publications (October 26, 2017)

Uniquely imprisoned, most Palestinians in Gaza cannot travel beyond the confines of the Strip, and in times of war escape is impossible. They live under siege - economic and armed - and yet so many remain courageous,...


The Biggest Prison on Earth

by Ilan Pappe Oneworld Publications (June 22, 2017)

Shortlisted for the Palestine Book Awards 2017

A powerful, groundbreaking history of the Occupied Territories from one of Israel's most influential historians

From the author of the bestselling study of the 1948...


Cursed Victory

by Ahron Bregman Pegasus Books (May 15, 2015)

In a move that would forever alter the map of the Middle East, Israel captured the West Bank, Golan Heights, Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula in 1967's brief but pivotal Six Day War. Cursed Victory is the first...


Walking to Jerusalem

by Justin Butcher Pegasus Books (September 03, 2019)

On the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, which was also the fiftieth anniversary of the since the Six-day War and the tenth anniversary of the Blockade of Gaza, Justin Butcher--along with ten other companions...


Mossad

by Michael Bar-Zohar & Nissim Mishal Ecco (November 06, 2012)

For decades, Israel's renowned security arm, the Mossad, has been widely recognized as the best intelligence service in the world. In Mossad, authors Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal take us behind the closed...