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Jericho

by Robert Ruby

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 Rob Simms & Amir Koushkani

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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."...