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The Mamluks: The History and Legacy of the Medieval Slave Soldier...
by Charles River Editors

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English

Pages

64

Publication Date

September 16, 2019

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*Includes pictures<br />*Includes a bibliography for further reading<br />*Includes a table of contents<br /><br />Egypt in the 14th century was a glorious kingdom to behold. Spice merchants from Europe, Asia and Africa sailed up the Nile River to the great port city of Alexandria, carrying riches such as silk, jewels and spices. Cairo, the capital of Egypt, was the greatest city in the Islamic world, with a larger population and more wealth and splendor than any city in Europe. Cairo was a shining pinnacle of cosmopolitan splendor in the medieval world, and besides being a major trading hub, Cairo was famous for its scholars and intellectual class, offering countless academic opportunities for scholars across the Islamic world. The culture of Cairo was dynamic and famous for its wide range of intellectual debates on Islamic sciences and other academic fields, all of which far surpassed any contemporary city at the time. From across the Islamic world, scholars from all the major schools of thought were represented in Cairo. Spirited lectures occurred frequently in public squares and madrasas were often packed with patrons eagerly listening to readings by famed scholars. Cairo was a city filled with art, trade and knowledge. <br /><br />However, there was another factor that made Cairo infamous. The city represented the last bastion of the Muslim world - a great Islamic caliphate, centered in Iraq, had once stretched from the edges of Central Asia to Spain, but invasions by outside enemies had mostly overrun this once mighty empire. The Mongol armies, pouring forth from their grasslands in Asia, had sacked Baghdad in 1258, destroying the caliphate and sending the Islamic world into a state of deep peril. Moreover, European crusaders had launched multiple invasions into Palestine and the Levant, threatening the very existence of the Muslim world. <br /><br />Ultimately these foreign invaders were all stopped by one group: the Mamluks of Egypt, a group of warriors, slaves, and kings. Hailing from the Eurasian steppes, the Mamluks were not Arab, but ethnically Turkish, enslaved at a young age, and sold into military service in Egypt, where they underwent intense military training in Cairo. Thus, these Turkish warriors were utterly alien from the Arab populations they eventually ruled over in ethnicity, language and culture, but they were remarkably skilled in the mounted warfare styles of the nomadic tribes of the Eurasian grasslands and other aspects of medieval warfare. As a result, the Mamluks were some of the finest professional soldiers of their time, which they proved on multiple occasions through their brilliant military campaigns against the numerous enemies of Islamic Egypt. Critically, the Mamluks were one of the only groups to defeat the seemingly unstoppable Mongol hordes in open battle, potentially saving the Islamic world from annihilation. It could be argued that without the Mamluks, the Islamic world would have been completely destroyed, changing the course of history. <br /><br />As the Mamluks took power in Egypt, they rapidly became the center of the Islamic world. Egypt’s political system made it unique when compared to other parts of the Muslim world, and though the daily management of the kingdom required interactions between the foreign Mamluks and their Egyptian subjects, a vast degree of separation remained the law of the land. The Mamluks held a tight grip on political and military power (ordinary Egyptians were even forbidden to ride horses), and this system of recruitment from abroad and social isolation created an elite army loyal to the state and succeeded in barring the ruled people, even the sons of the Mamluks, from entering the ruling classes. Nothing symbolized this system better than the Citadel, a complex of mosques, offices, living quarters, stables, and palace that stood on a rocky prominence 250 feet above the city of Cairo. It was from the Citadel that the Mamluk sultan presided over his royal court and regiments.
50 Masterpieces you have to read before you die Vol: 1 [newly upd...
by , The Brothers Grimm

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English

Pages

25022

Publication Date

August 25, 2019

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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>
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>
Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott

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English

Pages

284

Publication Date

September 21, 2019

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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
Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn
by Daniel Gordis

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English

Pages

553

Publication Date

October 18, 2016

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<p><strong>Winner of the Jewish Book of the Year Award</strong></p><p>The first comprehensive yet accessible history of the state of Israel from its inception to present day, from Daniel Gordis, "one of the most respected Israel analysts" (<em>The Forward</em>) living and writing in Jerusalem.</p><p>Israel is a tiny state, and yet it has captured the world’s attention, aroused its imagination, and lately, been the object of its opprobrium. Why does such a small country speak to so many global concerns? More pressingly: Why does Israel make the decisions it does? And what lies in its future?</p><p>We cannot answer these questions until we understand Israel’s people and the questions and conflicts, the hopes and desires, that have animated their conversations and actions. Though Israel’s history is rife with conflict, these conflicts do not fully communicate the spirit of Israel and its people: they give short shrift to the dream that gave birth to the state, and to the vision for the Jewish people that was at its core. Guiding us through the milestones of Israeli history, Gordis relays the drama of the Jewish people’s story and the creation of the state. Clear-eyed and erudite, he illustrates how Israel became a cultural, economic and military powerhouse—but also explains where Israel made grave mistakes and traces the long history of Israel’s deepening isolation. </p><p>With <em>Israel</em>, public intellectual Daniel Gordis offers us a brief but thorough account of the cultural, economic, and political history of this complex nation, from its beginnings to the present. Accessible, levelheaded, and rigorous, <em>Israel </em>sheds light on the Israel’s past so we can understand its future. The result is a vivid portrait of a people, and a nation, reborn.</p><p></p>
Mesopotamian Myths: A Captivating Guide to Myths from Mesopotamia...
by Matt Clayton

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English

Pages

170

Publication Date

September 06, 2019

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<h2>If you're looking for a captivating collection of Mesopotamian myths, then keep reading...</h2><br /><b>This book includes two captivating manuscripts:</b><br /><ul><li>Mesopotamian Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Ancient Near Eastern Myths</li><li>Sumerian Mythology: Captivating Myths of Gods, Goddesses, and Legendary Creatures of Ancient Sumer and Their Importance to the Sumerians</li></ul><br /><b>In the first part of this book, you'll find the following Mesopotamian myths and topics covered</b><br /><ul><li>Creation Myths</li><li>Tales of Gods and Goddesses</li><li>Selections from the Epic of Gilgamesh</li><li>And much, much more!</li></ul><b>In the second part of this book, you'll find the following Sumerian myths and topics covered</b><br /><ul><li>Tales of Gods and Goddesses</li><li>Tales of Kings and Heroes</li><li>Inanna and the Huluppu Tree</li><li>Enkidu in the Underworld</li><li>Gilgamesh and Huwawa</li><li>Gilgamesh and Aga</li><li>And much, much more!</li></ul><b>So if you want a captivating collection of Mesopotamian myths, click the “add to cart” button!</b>
The Richest Man in Babylon
by George S. Clason

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English

Pages

72

Publication Date

September 02, 2019

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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.
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.
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>
Defending Israel: The Story of My Relationship with My Most Chall...
by Alan M. Dershowitz

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English

Pages

313

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<p><b>World-renowned lawyer Alan Dershowitz recounts stories from his many years of defending the state of Israel. </b></p><p>Alan Dershowitz has spent years advocating for his "most challenging client"—the state of Israel—both publicly and in private meetings with high level international figures, including every US president and Israeli leader of the past 40 years. Replete with personal insights and unreported details, <i>Defending Israel </i>offers a comprehensive history of modern Israel from the perspective of one of the country's most important supporters. Readers are given a rare front row seat to the high profile controversies and debates that Dershowitz was involved in over the years, even as the political tides shifted and the liberal community became increasingly critical of Israeli policies.</p><p>Beyond documenting America's changing attitude toward the country, <i>Defending Israel</i> serves as an updated defense of the Jewish homeland on numerous points—though it also includes Dershowitz's criticisms of Israeli decisions and policies that he believes to be unwise. At a time when Jewish Americans as a whole are increasingly uncertain as to who supports Israel and who doesn't, there is no better book to turn to for answers—and a pragmatic look toward the future.</p>

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