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The Broken Circle: A Memoir of Escaping Afghanistan
by Enjeela Ahmadi-Miller

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English

Pages

250

Publication Date

March 01, 2019

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<p><b>An emotional and sweeping memoir of love and survival—and of a committed and desperate family uprooted and divided by the violent, changing landscape of Afghanistan in the early 1980s.</b></p><p>Before the Soviet invasion of 1980, Enjeela Ahmadi remembers her home—Kabul, Afghanistan—as peaceful, prosperous, and filled with people from all walks of life. But after her mother, unsettled by growing political unrest, leaves for medical treatment in India, the civil war intensifies, changing young Enjeela’s life forever. Amid the rumble of invading Soviet tanks, Enjeela and her family are thrust into chaos and fear when it becomes clear that her mother will not be coming home.</p><p>Thus begins an epic, reckless, and terrifying five-year journey of escape for Enjeela, her siblings, and their father to reconnect with her mother. In navigating the dangers ahead of them, and in looking back at the wilderness of her homeland, Enjeela discovers the spiritual and physical strength to find hope in the most desperate of circumstances.</p><p>A heart-stopping memoir of a girl shaken by the brutalities of war and empowered by the will to survive, <i>The Broken Circle</i> brilliantly illustrates that <i>family</i> is not defined by the borders of a country but by the bonds of the heart.</p>
Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel
by Matti Friedman

Language

English

Pages

273

Publication Date

March 05, 2019

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<DIV><B>Featured in the <I>New York Times</I>, <I>Wall Street Journal</I>, and NPR<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 /> The four spies 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 and assassinations, the unit consisted of Jews who were native to the Arab world and could thus easily assume Arab identities. In 1948, with Israel’s existence in the balance during the War of Independence, our spies went undercover in Beirut, where they spent the next two years operating out of a kiosk, collecting intelligence, and sending messages back to Israel via a radio whose antenna was disguised as a clothesline. While performing their dangerous work these men were often unsure to whom they were reporting, and sometimes even who they’d become. 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, improbably, 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 Israel’s own complicated and fascinating identity. Israel sees itself and presents itself as a Western nation, when in fact more than half the country has Middle Eastern roots and traditions, like the spies of this story. And, according to Friedman, that goes a long way toward explaining the life and politics of the country, and why it often baffles the West. For anyone interested in real-life spies and the paradoxes of the Middle East, <I>Spies of No Country </I>is an intimate story with global significance. <BR />  </DIV>
The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warrior...
by Dan Jones

Language

English

Pages

443

Publication Date

September 19, 2017

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<b><b><b>“Dan Jones is an entertainer, but also a bona fide historian. Seldom does one find serious scholarship so easy to read.” – <i>The Times</i>, Book of the Year<br /><br />A <i>New York Times</i> bestseller, this major new history of the knights Templar is “</b>a fresh, muscular and compelling history of the ultimate military-religious crusading order, combining sensible scholarship with narrative swagger" <b>– Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of <i>Jerusalem</i></b><br />  <br /> <b>A faltering war in the middle east. A band of elite warriors determined to fight to the death to protect Christianity’s holiest sites. A global financial network unaccountable to any government. A sinister plot founded on a web of lies.</b><i><br /></i></b><i><br /></i></b>Jerusalem 1119. A small group of knights seeking a purpose in the violent aftermath of the First Crusade decides to set up a new order. These are the first Knights Templar, a band of elite warriors prepared to give their lives to protect Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land. Over the next two hundred years, the Templars would become the most powerful religious order of the medieval world. Their legend has inspired fervent speculation ever since. <br /><br />In this groundbreaking narrative history, Dan Jones tells the true story of the Templars for the first time in a generation, drawing on extensive original sources to build a gripping account of these Christian holy warriors whose heroism and alleged depravity have been shrouded in myth. The Templars were protected by the pope and sworn to strict vows of celibacy. They fought the forces of Islam in hand-to-hand combat on the sun-baked hills where Jesus lived and died, finding their nemesis in Saladin, who vowed to drive all Christians from the lands of Islam. Experts at channeling money across borders, they established the medieval world’s largest and most innovative banking network and waged private wars against anyone who threatened their interests.<br /><br />Then, as they faced setbacks at the hands of the ruthless Mamluk sultan Baybars and were forced to retreat to their stronghold in Cyprus, a vindictive and cash-strapped King of France set his sights on their fortune. His administrators quietly mounted a damning case against the Templars, built on deliberate lies and false testimony. On Friday October 13, 1307, hundreds of brothers were arrested, imprisoned and tortured, and the order was disbanded amid lurid accusations of sexual misconduct and heresy. They were tried by the Pope in secret proceedings and their last master was brutally tortured and burned at the stake. But were they heretics or victims of a ruthlessly repressive state? Dan Jones goes back to the sources tobring their dramatic tale, so relevant to our own times, to life in a book that is at once authoritative and compulsively readable.
Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assa...
by Ronen Bergman

Language

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 Monk of Mokha
by Dave Eggers

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English

Pages

353

Publication Date

January 30, 2018

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<b><i>The Monk of Mokha </i>is the exhilarating true story of a young Yemeni American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana’a by civil war.</b><br /><br /> Mokhtar Alkhanshali is twenty-four and working as a doorman when he discovers the astonishing history of coffee and Yemen’s central place in it. He leaves San Francisco and travels deep into his ancestral homeland to tour terraced farms high in the country’s rugged mountains and meet beleagured but determined farmers. But when war engulfs the country and Saudi bombs rain down, Mokhtar has to find a way out of Yemen without sacrificing his dreams or abandoning his people.
Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison--Solitary Confinement,...
by Jason Rezaian

Language

English

Pages

305

Publication Date

January 22, 2019

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<p><strong>“An important story. Harrowing, and suspenseful, yes—but it’s also a deep dive into a complex and egregiously misunderstood country with two very different faces. There is no better time to know more about Iran—and Jason Rezaian has seen both of those faces.”<br />   — Anthony Bourdain</strong><br /></p><p><strong>The dramatic memoir of the journalist who was held hostage in a high-security prison in Tehran for eighteen months and whose release—which almost didn’t happen—became a part of the Iran nuclear deal</strong></p><p>In July 2014, <em>Washington Post</em> Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian was arrested by Iranian police, accused of spying for America. The charges were absurd. Rezaian’s reporting was a mix of human interest stories and political analysis. He had even served as a guide for Anthony Bourdain’s <em>Parts Unknown</em>. Initially, Rezaian thought the whole thing was a terrible misunderstanding, but soon realized that it was much more dire as it became an eighteen-month prison stint with impossibly high diplomatic stakes. </p><p>While in prison, Rezaian had tireless advocates working on his behalf. His brother lobbied political heavyweights including John Kerry and Barack Obama and started a social media campaign—#FreeJason—while Jason’s wife navigated the red tape of the Iranian security apparatus, all while the courts used Rezaian as a bargaining chip in negotiations for the Iran nuclear deal.</p><p>In <em>Prisoner,</em> Rezaian writes of his exhausting interrogations and farcical trial. He also reflects on his idyllic childhood in Northern California and his bond with his Iranian father, a rug merchant; how his teacher Christopher Hitchens inspired him to pursue journalism; and his life-changing decision to move to Tehran, where his career took off and he met his wife. Written with wit, humor, and grace, <em>Prisoner</em> brings to life a fascinating, maddening culture in all its complexity.</p><p>“Jason paid a deep price in defense of  journalism and his story proves that not everyone who defends freedom carries a gun, some carry a pen.”<br />—<strong>John F. Kerry, 68th Secretary of State</strong></p>
50 Masterpieces you have to read before you die Vol: 1 [newly upd...
by , Golden Deer Classics

Language

English

Pages

25022

Publication Date

October 23, 2012

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<div><span>This book, </span><b>newly updated</b><span>, contains now several HTML tables of contents that will make reading a real pleasure!</span><br /><span>The first table of contents (at the very beginning of the ebook) lists the titles of all novels included in this volume. By clicking on one of those titles you will be redirected to the beginning of that work, where you'll find a new TOC that lists all the chapters and sub-chapters of that specific work.</span></div><div></div><div>This book contains the following works arranged alphabetically by authors last names</div><div></div><div>- The Divine Comedy [Dante Alighieri]</div><div>- Emma [Jane Austen]</div><div>- Persuasion [Jane Austen]</div><div>- Pride and Prejudice [Jane Austen]</div><div>- Father Goriot [Honoré de Balzac]</div><div>- Jane Eyre [Charlotte Brontë]</div><div>- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall [Anne Brontë]</div><div>- Wuthering Heights [Emily Brontë]</div><div>- The Way of All Flesh [Samuel Butler]</div><div>- Don Quixote [Miguel de Cervantes]</div><div>- Heart of Darkness [Joseph Conrad]</div><div>- Nostromo [Joseph Conrad]</div><div>- Moll Flanders [Daniel Defoe]</div><div>- Bleak House [Charles Dickens]</div><div>- Great Expectations [Charles Dickens]</div><div>- The Brothers Karamazov [Fyodor Dostoyevsky]</div><div>- Crime and Punishment [Fyodor Dostoyevsky]</div><div>- The Idiot [Fyodor Dostoyevsky]</div><div>- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes [Arthur Conan Doyle]</div><div>- The Count of Monte Cristo [Alexandre Dumas]</div><div>- Daniel Deronda [George Eliot]</div><div>- Middlemarch [George Eliot]</div><div>- Madame Bovary [Gustave Flaubert]</div><div>- The Yellow Wallpaper [Charlotte Perkins Gilman]</div><div>- Dead Souls [Nikolai Gogol]</div><div>- Grimm's Fairy Tales [The Brothers Grimm]</div><div>- The Iliad [Homer]</div><div>- The Odyssey [Homer]</div><div>- Les Misérables [Victor Hugo]</div><div>- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving</div><div>- The Portray of a Lady [Henry James]</div><div>- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man [James Joyce]</div><div>- Sons and Lovers [D. H. Lawrence]</div><div>- The Phantom of the Opera [Gaston Leroux]</div><div>- The Call of the Wild [Jack London]</div><div>- The Great God Pan [Arthur Machen]</div><div>- Moby Dick [Herman Melville]</div><div>- Swann's Way [Marcel Proust]</div><div>- Frankenstein [Mary Shelley]</div><div>- The Red and the Black [Stendhal]</div><div>- The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde [Robert Louis Stevenson]</div><div>- Dracula [Bram Stoker]</div><div>- The Art of War [Sun Tzu]</div><div>- Gulliver's Travels [Jonathan Swift]</div><div>- Vanity Fair [William Makepeace Thackeray]</div><div>- Anna Karenina [Leo Tolstoy]</div><div>- The Death of Ivan Ilyich [Leo Tolstoy]</div><div>- War and Peace [Leo Tolstoy]</div><div>- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn [Mark Twain]</div><div>- The Picture of Dorian Gray [Oscar Wilde]</div><div></div><div>Also available : </div><div></div><div>50 Masterpieces you have to read before you die Vol: 2 (Golden Deer Classics)</div><div>50 Masterpieces you have to read before you die Vol: 3 (Golden Deer Classics)</div><div>Classics Authors Super Set Serie 1 (Golden Deer Classics)</div>
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
by Sandy Tolan

Language

English

Pages

400

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.
The Richest Man in Babylon
by George S. Clason

Language

English

Pages

72

Publication Date

September 15, 2018

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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.
Bible History: Old Testament
by Alfred Edersheim

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English

Pages

1024

Publication Date

December 03, 2017

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<b><h2>The Old Testament is one of the most fascinating texts that the world has ever seen.</h2><br /><br />Drawn from the Hebrew Bible it forms the basis of all Christian denominations, whether Protestant, Catholic or Orthodox, they all refer to the Old Testament in some form.</b><br /><br />Alfred Edersheim, in this fascinating study, uncovers the Old Testament, removing layers of mystery, allowing readers to more fully engage with the text.<br /><br />He analyzes the books, chapter-by-chapter, thus providing a chronological history of the Jewish people.<br /><br />This work is split into seven volumes to make it manageable for the reader to understand each major period that is covered in the Old Testament. Volume One covers The World Before the Flood, and The History of the Patriarchs, Volume Two: The Exodus and The Wanderings in the Wilderness, Volume Three: Israel In Canaan Under Joshua And The Judges, Volume Four: The History of Israel under Samuel, Saul, and David, Volume Five: Birth of Solomon to Reign of Ahab, Volume Six: The Reign of Ahab to the Decline of the Two Kingdoms, and Volume Seven: From the Decline of the Two Kingdoms to the Assyrian and Babylonian Captivity.<br /><br />Edersheim, at the outset of the book, stated his objective: “I have endeavored to write in a a form so popular and easily intelligible as to be of use to the Sunday-school teacher, the advanced scholar, and the Bible-class; progressing gradually, in the course of this and the next volume, from the more simple to the more detailed.” He certainly achieves this aim in this magnificent study that is worthy of being read by all.<br /><br /><b>Alfred Edersheim</b> (1825-89) was a Vienna-born biblical scholar who converted from Judaism to Christianity. A veteran minister and missionary to the Jews of Romania, Edersheim left an enduring and priceless legacy to followers of Christ. Among his most widely read works are <em>The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, The Temple: Its Ministry and Services,</em> and <em>Bible History Old Testament.</em><br /><br />

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