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The Indian Mutiny Of 1857 And The Sikhs
by Ganda Singh

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English

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March 25, 2017

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This classic book has been digitally converted to downloadable format. A great classic for the home or classroom, an interesting old-fashioned reference book, and an outstanding find. <br />
Palestine's Horizon: Toward a Just Peace
by Richard Falk

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English

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208

Publication Date

March 20, 2017

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Richard Falk, former UN Special Rapporteur for Palestine (2008-2014), has dedicated much of his life to the study of the Israel/Palestine conflict. In Palestine's Horizon, he brings his experiences to bear on one of the most controversial issues of our times. <br /><br />This book explores the intricacies and interconnections of the history and politics of Israel/Palestine, in light of the global community’s troubled morality. After enduring years of violent occupation, the Palestinian movement is exploring different avenues for peace. These include the pursuit of rights under international law in venues such as the UN and International Criminal Court, and the new emphasis on global solidarity and non-violent militancy embodied by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign, among others. <br /><br />Falk refutes the notion that the Palestinian struggle is a ‘lost cause’ by focusing on new tactics of resistance. He also reflects on the legacy of Edward Said, drawing on the importance of his humanist thought. Against this background, he provides a vision of peace that is mindful of the formidable difficulties of achieving a just solution to the long conflict.
Revolution for Dummies: Laughing through the Arab Spring
by Bassem Youssef

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English

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304

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March 21, 2017

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<p><strong>“Hilarious and Heartbreaking. Comedy shouldn’t take courage, but it made an exception for Bassem.” --Jon Stewart</strong></p><p>"The Jon Stewart of the Arabic World"—the creator of <em>The Program</em>, the most popular television show in Egypt’s history—chronicles his transformation from heart surgeon to political satirist, and offers crucial insight into the Arab Spring, the Egyptian Revolution, and the turmoil roiling the modern Middle East, all of which inspired the documentary about his life, <em>Tickling Giants</em>.</p><p>Bassem Youssef’s incendiary satirical news program, <em>Al-Bernameg</em> (<em>The Program</em>), chronicled the events of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, and the rise of Mubarak’s successor, Mohamed Morsi. Youssef not only captured his nation’s dissent but stamped it with his own brand of humorous political criticism, in which the Egyptian government became the prime laughing stock.</p><p>So potent were Youssef’s skits, jokes, and commentary, the authoritarian government accused him of insulting the Egyptian presidency and Islam. After a six-hour long police interrogation, Youssef was released. While his case was eventually dismissed, his television show was terminated, and Youssef, fearful for his safety, fled his homeland. </p><p>In <em>Revolution for Dummies</em>, Youssef recounts his life and offers hysterical riffs on the hypocrisy, instability, and corruption that has long animated Egyptian politics. From the attempted cover-up of the violent clashes in Tahrir Square to the government’s announcement that it had created the world’s first "AIDS cure" machine, to the conviction of officials that Youssef was a CIA operative—recruited by Jon Stewart—to bring down the country through sarcasm. There’s much more—and it’s all insanely true.</p><p>Interweaving the dramatic and inspiring stories of the development of his popular television show and his rise as the most contentious funny-man in Egypt, Youssef’s humorous, fast-paced takes on dictatorship, revolution, and the unforeseeable destiny of democracy in the Modern Middle East offers much needed hope and more than a few healing laughs. A documentary about his life, <em>Tickling Giants</em>, debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016, and is now scheduled for major release. </p>
History of the Jews: Volume I
by Heinrich Graetz

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English

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March 20, 2017

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<b>In <i>History of the Jews</i>, Heinrich Graetz examines the origins and ascent of Judaism and the Jewish people in ancient times.</b> <br /><br /><br /> <br />Graetz's sources include the holy ancient texts and the surviving historical manuscripts of the period in which Judaism commenced and grew in terms of both its adherents and regional influence. Researching the subject meticulously, Graetz produces an evocative and readable account of the Jewish peoples from the earliest times. Figures such as King David, King Solomon, the Prophet Elijah, to name but a few, receive extensive biographic retelling of their roles in Jewish society. <br /><br /><br /> <br />This volume of Graetz's comprehensive work chronologically examines the beginnings of Judaism, and its rise toward a distinct cultural identity during the iron age. Events such as the unification of the various tribes, the reign of the prominent kings, and the rise and fall of the Houses of David and Jehu are detailed, each receiving a distinct chapter. <br /><br /><br /> <br />After we depart the period of the kings with the Destruction, the Babylonian Exile is examined. After the founding of communities anew in Judea, the rivalry between the Jews and the Samaritans follows. The final chapters focus upon the life of Judas Maccabeus and the actions of the Judeans in Alexandria and wider Egypt. <br /><br /><br /> <br />This edition of Graetz's <i>History of the Jews</i> contains his original notes, appended at the conclusion of the volume.<br />
A History of the Jewish People in the Time of Jesus Christ
by Emil Schürer

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English

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February 01, 2017

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<h2>“Simply nothing has escaped his eagle eye; even the most hidden remarks on a problem have been detected by him and entered in his book.” Carl Clemen, <em>The Biblical World</em></h2><br /><br />Emil Schürer’s work is the authoritative study of Jewish history during classical times.<br /><br />This work does not just cover the lifetime of Jesus, but instead it takes the reader from 175 B.C. through to the end of the rebellion under Hadrian in 135 A. D.<br /><br />Schürer, in the first two volumes of his work, uncovers the political leaders of the Jewish people during this period as they struggled for freedom under the threat and oppression of the Roman Empire.<br /><br />Through volumes three and four Schürer exposes the cultural and religious underpinnings of the Jewish people over these centuries: how the temple of Jerusalem functioned, how they related to the Hellenistic world that surrounded them, how their leaders created laws and ruled while remaining under Roman jurisdiction, as well as theological debates that were being made at this time.<br /><br />Schürer also examines not just the Jewish society centred around Jerusalem, but also those spread further afield across Asia and the Mediterranean.<br /><br />“Dr. Schürer has produced a work which has no parallel … a perfect and indispensable work.” Dr. Adolf Harnack<br /><br />Emil Schürer was a German theologian, made famous for his study of the Jewish people during the time of Jesus Christ. He studied in Erlangen, Berlin and Heidelberg, and took his doctorate in Leipzig. <em> A History of the Jewish People in the Time of Jesus Christ</em> was first published in 1891 and Schürer died in 1910.
Reclaiming Israel's History: Roots, Rights, and the Struggle for ...
by David Brog

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English

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256

Publication Date

March 20, 2017

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<b>The Real History of Israel and the Palestinians</b><br /><br />No history is so disputed as the history of Israel. Some see Israel's creation as a dramatic act of justice for the Jewish people. Others insist that it was a crime against Palestine's Arabs.<br /><br /><br />Author David Brog untangles the facts from the myths to reveal the truth about the Arab-Israeli conflict. In <em>Reclaiming Israel's History</em> you'll learn how the Jewish people have maintained a continual presence in the Land of Israel for over 3,000 years—despite centuries of Roman, Byzantine, and Muslim persecution; how the Romans invented the word "Palestine" as a way to sever the connection between the Jewish people and their land (and how subsequent conquerors doubled down on this strategy); how modern Jewish immigration to Palestine did not displace Arabs but instead sparked an Arab population boom; and the largely untold story of how the leader of Palestine's Arabs collaborated with the Nazis to murder Jews in Europe before they could reach their ancestral homeland. You'll also learn why most of Palestine's Arabs never identified themselves as "Palestinians" until after the 1967 War; the extraordinary lengths to which Israel's military goes to protect Palestinian civilians (and the high price Israel's soldiers pay for this morality), and how the Palestinians have on separate occasions rejected Israel's offers of a Palestinian state in virtually all of the West Bank and Gaza.<br /><br /><br /><br />Brog frankly admits to Israel's "sins both large and small," but notes that in any fair-minded analysis these have been far out- weighed by Israel's commitment to Western values, including freedom, democracy, and human rights. Honest, provocative, and timely, especially given rising anti-Semitism and the aggressive delegitimization of Israel, David Brog's <em>Reclaiming Israel's History</em> is the book for every reader who wants to understand what is really happening in the Middle East.
High Albania
by M. Edith Durham

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English

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352

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February 13, 2017

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<b>The Balkans were a dangerous place in the early twentieth century.<br /><br />The Ottoman Empire was on the verge of collapse, losing control of areas like Albania where the people were calling for political rights. </b><br /><br />Disease, the threat of violence and war were looming over the people who lived in primitive conditions. <br /><br />Yet, it was into this world that Mary Edith Durham, a thirty-seven-year-old Edwardian lady dressed in boots, long skirt, umbrella, and straw hat, entered.<br /><br />She would go on to spend the next twenty years of her life travelling through the Balkans, focusing particularly on Albania and Kosovo, some of the most underdeveloped regions of Europe.<br /><br /><em>High Alabania</em> is Durham’s most famous work and confirmed her position as the pre-eminent expert on the customs and society of the Balkans.<br /><br />Through this work Durham explains the history of the region, geography, and cultural interactions including their almost medieval blood honor system, which led feuds between families to persist for generations.<br /><br />Durham was a staunch supporter of the Albanian people and is still revered in the country, for example the fourth President Alfred Moisiu described her as “one of the most distinguished personalities of the Albanian world during the last century".<br /><br />Her work provides fascinating insight in this colorful region with its troubled past.<br /><br />“a tremendous sense of honor, justice, and humor. Her verve and funniness make her irresistible.”<em>The New York Review of Books</em><br /><br />“her perceptions remain so pertinent that we know a correspondent who operated there [in 1999] with an old edition of this book in lieu of a Nato briefing.” <em>The Guardian</em><br /><br />Mary Edith Durham was a British traveller and author who wrote a number of anthropological accounts of the Balkans in the early twentieth century. <em>High Albania</em> was published in 1909 and Durham passed away in 1944.
Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia
by Jean Sasson

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English

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304

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January 08, 2014

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PRINCESS describes the life of Sultana Al Sa'ud, a princess in the royal house of Saudi Arabia. Hidden behind her black veil, she is a prisoner, jailed by her father, her husband and her country.<br /><br />Sultana tells of appalling oppressions, everyday occurrences that in any other culture would be seen as shocking human rights violations: thirteen-year-old girls forced to marry men five times their age, young women killed by drowning, stoning, or isolation in the "women's room." <br /><br />PRINCESS is a testimony to a woman of indomitable spirit and courage, and you will never forget her or her Muslim sisters.<br /><br />A New York Times bestseller, PRINCESS was named one of the 500 Great Books by Women since 1300. It was also an Alternate Selection of the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club and a Reader's Digest Selection.<br /><br />The complete Princess trilogy is also available as an ebook for the first time. For the 3-in-1 ebook, please visit: http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Princess-Trilogy-Daughters-ebook/dp/B00A3XIDOE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354645728&sr=1-1 <br /><br />PRAISE FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER PRINCESS:<br /><br />"Absolutely riveting and profoundly sad..." --People magazine<br /><br />"A chilling story...a vivid account of an air-conditioned nightmare..." --Entertainment Weekly<br /><br />"Must-reading for anyone interested in human rights." --USA Today<br /><br />"Shocking...candid...sad, sobering, and compassionate..." --San Francisco Chronicle
O Jerusalem!
by , Dominique Lapierre

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English

Pages

656

Publication Date

March 13, 2017

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“A monumental work!” —Cleveland Press<br /><br />“Moving, fascinating, informative… No other book on this subject… comes close to O Jerusalem!” —Los Angeles Times<br /><br />“It reads like a whodunit, and you turn page after page to see what happens next. … The pace is so swift, the drama so heightened by alternating flashes of tragedy and comedy that one has to stop frequently just to catch one’s breath and marvel.” —The New York Times Book Review<br /><br />“A remarkable book… a history that not only clarifies the military and political events of the war but brings its human dimensions vividly to life.” —The National Observer<br /><br />***<br /><br />At the center of this massive and brilliant book is the most universal of man's cities: Jerusalem, the mystic heart of three great religions, condemned to pay for the passions it inspires by being—through forty centuries—the most bitterly disputed site in the world.<br /><br />O Jerusalem! is the classic retelling of the spellbinding events of the birth of Israel. Moment by moment, Collins and Lapierre weave a brilliant tapestry of shattered hopes, fierce pride, and breathtaking daring as the Arabs, Jews, and British collide in their fight for control of Jerusalem.<br /><br />Collins and Lapierre profile the Jewish fighters, from the commanders Ben Gurion and Golda Meir to the soldiers, rabbinical students, and refugees taken directly from their ships to fight; the Arab soldiers, from the explosives expert planting bombs to the charismatic chieftain whose death in battle doomed the Arab cause but inspired a generation of Palestinians; as well as the British efforts of peacekeeping after General Allenby’s conquest of Jerusalem and their departure in the face of the onslaught.<br /><br />O Jerusalem! is a towering testament to the fiery birth of Israel and an unforgettable tale of faith and violence, of betrayal and indomitable courage. <br /><br />Collins and Lapierre's story is the fruit of five years of intensive research and many thousands of interviews. This edition contains an introduction by Dominique Lapierre (translated from the original French by Larry Collins) as well as extensive biographical and chapter notes.<br /><br />***<br /><br />About the Authors – Larry Collins & Dominique Lapierre<br /><br />The enormous success of the international writing partnership of Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre was based on the phenomenal bestsellers Is Paris Burning?, Or I’ll Dress You in Mourning, O Jerusalem!, Freedom at Midnight, and The Fifth Horseman. The last-named work was their fifth novel. Collins and Lapierre were a unique team in that each wrote in his own language and their works were then published simultaneously in French and English before being translated into sixteen other languages. Their work was distinguished by immense attention to detail and thorough research. Since the publication of their last joint work, The Fifth Horseman, Collins has published three bestselling novels, Fall From Grace, Maze, and Black Eagles, while Lapierre published two nonfiction bestsellers, The City of Joy and Beyond Love.
Six Days of War
by Michael Oren

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English

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480

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July 01, 2010

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For six tense days between June 5 and 10, 1967, war raged between Israel and its neighbors, Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. There are many contexts in which this story makes sense, but only Michael Oren, a widely published American-born Israel scholar and historian, has so far knitted the diverse strands into a cohesive fabric that remains vital and relevant today. With educated authority and authorial integrity, Oren manages to sketch out facts and motives with the same intrigue as battles and strategies.<br /><br />Escalating territorial and populist tensions in the Middle East only serve to make this title more relevant. Anyone who wants to have a grasp of Middle Eastern politics or political tensions involving Israel must read this title. Six Days of War was a New York Times Bestseller and Washington Post Best Book Award Winner in 2002 and has gone on to be an internationally acclaimed bestseller. The book has been widely recognized as the definitive telling of the Six Day War.<br /><br />ABOUT THE AUTHOR<br /><br />Michael B. Oren is an American-born Israel scholar and historian. Oren has published numerous articles, books, and essays on the history and diplomatic affairs of the Middle East, and was appointed as Israeli Ambassador to the United States in 2009. Ambassador Oren has written extensively for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The New Republic, where he was a contributing editor. His two most recent books, Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East and Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present, were both New York Times bestsellers. They won the Los Angeles Times History Book of the Year prize, the Washington Post Best Book Award, a National Council of the Humanities Award, and the National Jewish Book Award.<br /><br />Raised in New Jersey, Ambassador Oren moved to Israel in the 1970s. He served as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces, in the paratroopers in the Lebanon War, a liaison with the U.S. Sixth Fleet during the Gulf War, and an IDF spokesman during the Second Lebanon War and the Gaza operation in January 2009. He acted as an Israeli Emissary to Jewish refuseniks in the Soviet Union, as an advisor to Israel's delegation to the United Nations, and as the government's director of Inter-Religious Affairs.

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