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Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott

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English

Pages

503

Publication Date

January 19, 2020

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Meg is the eldest and on the brink of love. Then there’s tomboy Jo who longs to be a writer. Sweet-natured Beth always puts others first, and finally there’s Amy, the youngest and most precocious. Together they are the March sisters. Even though money is short, times are tough and their father is away at war, their infectious sense of fun sweeps everyone up in their adventures — including Laurie, the boy next door. And through sisterly squabbles, their happy times and sad ones too, the sisters discover that growing up is sometimes very hard to do.<br />Based on Louisa May Alcott’s childhood, this lively portrait of nineteenth-century family life possesses a lasting vitality that has endeared it to generations of readers.<br /><br />A wonderful story... As a child, I strongly identified with Jo because she is a writer. —Jacqueline Wilson<br />The American female myth. —Madelon Bedell<br />It is an essential American novel, perhaps the essential American novel for girls… Girls come to it on their own. —Jane Smiley<br />In “Little Women”, Alcott anticipated realism by twenty or thirty years. —G. K. Chesterton
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin L...
by Steve Coll

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English

Pages

732

Publication Date

December 28, 2004

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<b>Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize<br /><br />From the award-winning and bestselling author of <i>Directorate S</i>, the explosive first-hand account of America's secret history in Afghanistan</b><br /><br />To what extent did America’s best intelligence analysts grasp the rising thread of Islamist radicalism? Who tried to stop bin Laden and why did they fail? Comprehensively and for the first time, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll recounts the history of the covert wars in Afghanistan that fueled Islamic militancy and sowed the seeds of the September 11 attacks. Based on scrupulous research and firsthand accounts by key government, intelligence, and military personnel both foreign and American, <i>Ghost Wars</i> details the secret history of the CIA’s role in Afghanistan (including its covert operations against Soviet troops from 1979 to 1989), the rise of the Taliban, the emergence of bin Laden, and the failed efforts by U.S. forces to find and assassinate bin Laden in Afghanistan.
All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East...
by Stephen Kinzer

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English

Pages

299

Publication Date

January 01, 2008

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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 of brutal rule under the Shah, and stimulated the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and anti-Americanism in the Middle East. Selected as one of the best books of the year by the <i>Washington Post</i> and <i>The Economist</i>, it now features a new preface by the author on the folly of attacking Iran.
Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time
by Karen Armstrong

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

August 13, 2013

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<p> The Man Who Inspired the World's Fastest-Growing Religion </p><p><em>Muhammad</em> presents a fascinating portrait of the founder of a religion that continues to change the course of world history. Muhammad's story is more relevant than ever because it offers crucial insight into the true origins of an increasingly radicalized Islam. Countering those who dismiss Islam as fanatical and violent, Armstrong offers a clear, accessible, and balanced portrait of the central figure of one of the world's great religions.</p>
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
by Sandy Tolan

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English

Pages

562

Publication Date

December 01, 2008

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<b>With a new afterword by the author, and a sneak preview of Sandy Tolan's new book, <i>Children of the Stone </i></b><br /><br />In 1967, Bashir Al-Khayri, a Palestinian twenty-five-year-old, journeyed to Israel, with the goal of seeing the beloved old 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 Ashkenazi Landau, a nineteen-year-old Israeli college student, whose family fled Europe for Israel following the Holocaust. 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 thirty-five years in ways that neither could imagine on that summer day in 1967. Based on extensive research, and springing from his enormously resonant documentary that aired on NPR's <i>Fresh Air </i>in 1998, Sandy Tolan brings the Israeli-Palestinian conflict down to its most human level, suggesting that even amid the bleakest political realities there exist stories of hope and reconciliation.
Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century
by Sarah Abrevaya Stein

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

November 19, 2019

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<p><b>Named one of the best books of 2019 by <i>The Economist </i>and a <i>New York Times Book Review </i>Editors' Choice. A National Jewish Book Award finalist.</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>"A superb and touching book about the frailty of ties that hold together places and people." --<i>T</i><i>he New York Times Book Review</i></b></p><p><b>An award-winning historian shares the true story of a frayed and diasporic Sephardic Jewish family preserved in thousands of letters</b></p><p>For centuries, the bustling port city of Salonica was home to the sprawling Levy family. As leading publishers and editors, they helped chronicle modernity as it was experienced by Sephardic Jews across the Ottoman Empire. The wars of the twentieth century, however, redrew the borders around them, in the process transforming the Levys from Ottomans to Greeks. Family members soon moved across boundaries and hemispheres, stretching the familial diaspora from Greece to Western Europe, Israel, Brazil, and India. In time, the Holocaust nearly eviscerated the clan, eradicating whole branches of the family tree. </p><p>In <i>Family Papers</i>, the prizewinning Sephardic historian Sarah Abrevaya Stein uses the family’s correspondence to tell the story of their journey across the arc of a century and the breadth of the globe. They wrote to share grief and to reveal secrets, to propose marriage and to plan for divorce, to maintain connection. They wrote because they were family. And years after they frayed, Stein discovers, what remains solid is the fragile tissue that once held them together: neither blood nor belief, but papers.</p><p>With meticulous research and care, Stein uses the Levys' letters to tell not only their history, but the history of Sephardic Jews in the twentieth century.</p>
Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assa...
by Ronen Bergman

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English

Pages

737

Publication Date

January 30, 2018

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • The first definitive history of the Mossad, Shin Bet, and the IDF’s targeted killing programs,<b> hailed by <i>The New York Times </i>as “an exceptional work, a humane book about an incendiary subject.”</b></b><br /><br /><b>WINNER OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD IN HISTORY</b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY JENNIFER SZALAI, <i>THE NEW YORK TIMES </i></b><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>The Economist </i>• <i>The New York Times Book Review </i>• <i>BBC History Magazine </i>• <i>Mother Jones </i>• <i>Kirkus Reviews</i></b><br /><br /> The Talmud says: “If someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first.” This instinct to take every measure, even the most aggressive, to defend the Jewish people is hardwired into Israel’s DNA. From the very beginning of its statehood in 1948, protecting the nation from harm has been the responsibility of its intelligence community and armed services, and there is one weapon in their vast arsenal that they have relied upon to thwart the most serious threats: Targeted assassinations have been used countless times, on enemies large and small, sometimes in response to attacks against the Israeli people and sometimes preemptively.<br /><br />In this page-turning, eye-opening book, journalist and military analyst Ronen Bergman—praised by David Remnick as “arguably [Israel’s] best investigative reporter”—offers a riveting inside account of the targeted killing programs: their successes, their failures, and the moral and political price exacted on the men and women who approved and carried out the missions.<br /><br /> Bergman has gained the exceedingly rare cooperation of many current and former members of the Israeli government, including Prime Ministers Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak, Ariel Sharon, and Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as high-level figures in the country’s military and intelligence services: the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), the Mossad (the world’s most feared intelligence agency), Caesarea (a “Mossad within the Mossad” that carries out attacks on the highest-value targets), and the Shin Bet (an internal security service that implemented the largest targeted assassination campaign ever, in order to stop what had once appeared to be unstoppable: suicide terrorism).<br /><br /> Including never-before-reported, behind-the-curtain accounts of key operations, and based on hundreds of on-the-record interviews and thousands of files to which Bergman has gotten exclusive access over his decades of reporting, <i>Rise and Kill First</i> brings us deep into the heart of Israel’s most secret activities. Bergman traces, from statehood to the present, the gripping events and thorny ethical questions underlying Israel’s targeted killing campaign, which has shaped the Israeli nation, the Middle East, and the entire world.<br /><br /><b>“A remarkable feat of fearless and responsible reporting . . . important, timely, and informative.”—John le Carré</b>
The Richest Man in Babylon
by George S. Clason

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English

Pages

105

Publication Date

January 15, 2020

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Beloved by millions, this timeless classic holds the key to all you desire and everything you wish to accomplish. This is the book that reveals the secret to personal wealth. <br /><br />Countless readers have been helped by the famous “Babylonian parables,” hailed as the greatest of all inspirational works on the subject of thrift, financial planning, and personal wealth. In language as simple as that found in the Bible, these fascinating and informative stories set you on a sure path to prosperity and its accompanying joys. <br /><br />Acclaimed as a modern-day classic, this celebrated bestseller offers an understanding of — and a solution to — your personal financial problems that will guide you through a lifetime. This is the book that holds the secrets to keeping your money — and making more. <br /><br />The Richest Man in Babylon: Read it and recommend it to loved ones—and get on the road to riches.<br /><br />George S. Clason was born in Louisiana, Missouri, on November 7, 1874. He attended the University of Nebraska and served in the United States Army during the Spanish- American War. Beginning a long career in publishing, he founded the Clason Map Company of Denver, Colorado, and published the first road atlas of the United States and Canada. In 1926, he issued the first of a famous series of pamphlets on thrift and financial success, using parables set in ancient Babylon to make each of his points. These were distributed in large quantities by banks and insurance companies and became familiar to millions, the most famous being "The Richest Man in Babylon," the parable from which the present volume takes its title.
We Stand Divided: The Rift Between American Jews and Israel
by Daniel Gordis

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English

Pages

292

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<p><strong>From National Jewish Book Award winner and author of Israel, a bold reevaluation of the tensions between American and Israeli Jews that reinterprets the past and reimagines the future of Jewish life</strong></p><p>Relations between the American Jewish community and Israel are at an all-time nadir. Most explanations pin the blame on Israel’s conduct: its handling of the conflict with the Palestinians, its attitude toward non-Orthodox Judaism, and the Jewish state’s dismissive view of American Jews in general. Others point an accusing finger at American Jews, insisting that in embracing America’s progressive values, many American Jews have become more sympathetic to Israel’s enemies than they are to the Jewish state.</p><p>But these explanations, Daniel Gordis argues, miss the real causes for the divide. Gordis’s new book, <em>We Stand Divided: The Rift Between American Jews and Israel</em>, examines the history of the troubled relationship, showing that from the very outset—even before the state of Israel was created—the two communities’ dreams for a Jewish future had little in common.</p><p>American Jews and Israelis built their respective communities to embrace different opportunities and in response to different challenges. Over decades, two radically diverging visions of Jewish life emerged. Thus, Gordis argues, as a first step to healing the breach, the two communities must acknowledge and discuss their profoundly different purposes and moral commitments. Only then can they forge a path forward, together.</p>
Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel
by Matti Friedman

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English

Pages

273

Publication Date

March 05, 2019

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<b>“Wondrous . . . Compelling . . . Piercing.” —<i>The New York Times Book Review</i><br /><br /> Award-winning writer Matti Friedman’s tale of Israel’s first spies has all the tropes of an espionage novel, including duplicity, betrayal, disguise, clandestine meetings, the bluff, and the double bluff—but it’s all true.</b><br /><br />Journalist and award-winning author Matti Friedman’s tale of Israel’s first spies reads like an espionage novel--but it’s all true. The four agents at the center of this story were part of a ragtag unit known as the Arab Section, conceived during World War II by British spies and Jewish militia leaders in Palestine. Intended to gather intelligence and carry out sabotage operations, the unit consisted of Jews who were native to the Arab world and could thus easily assume Arab identities.<br /><br />In 1948, with Israel’s existence hanging in the balance, these men went undercover in Beirut, where they spent the next two years operating out of a newsstand, collecting intelligence and sending messages back to Israel via a radio whose antenna was disguised as a clothesline. Of the dozen spies in the Arab Section at the war’s outbreak, five were caught and executed. But in the end, the Arab Section would emerge as the nucleus of the Mossad, Israel’s vaunted intelligence agency.<br /><br /><i>Spies of No Country</i> is about the slippery identities of these young spies, but it’s also about the complicated identity of Israel, a country that presents itself as Western but in fact has more citizens with Middle Eastern roots and traditions, like the spies of this narrative. Meticulously researched and masterfully told, <i>Spies of No Country</i> is an eye-opening look at the paradoxes of the Middle East.

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