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The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt

The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt

by Bill Manley

  • HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Ingenious color maps, site plans, photographs and accompanying essays trace Egyptian civilization from the founding of Memphis through the sacking of Thebes and the invasion by Alexander the Great in 332 BC. (EGY54, $21.00)

Petra, The Rose-Red City

Petra, The Rose-Red City

by Christian Auge | Jean-Marie Dentzer

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

Jam-packed with color illustrations, archival material, maps and site plans, this shirt-pocket encyclopedia includes a detailed overview of individual buildings and sectors within the desert city that was occupied by the Nabataeans from the fourth-century BC, conquered by the Romans and overrun by the Crusaders. (JRD13, $15.95)

Eyewitness Guide Egypt

Eyewitness Guide Egypt

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

This visually rich guide to the history, culture and monuments of Egypt includes 1,000 color photographs, maps and 3-D site diagrams. (EGY90, $25.00)

Egypt Map

Egypt Map

by Nelles

  • 2011
  • MAP

This easy-fold map, featuring insets of Luxor, Valley of the Kings, Giza, the Nile River Valley, Cairo and other sites, also covers Petra, Jerusalem and most of Israel. (EGY03, $13.95)

 
Cairo Map

Cairo Map


by Cartographia

  • MAP

A colorful, folded map of Cairo on thick paper. Insets of Luxor, Alexandria and Heliopolis. Scale 1:13,000. (EGY163, $8.00)

Jordan Map

Jordan Map


by Cartographia

  • MAP

A folded, colorful map of Jordan at a scale of 1:700,000. (JRD18, $12.00)

A History of Jordan

A History of Jordan


by Philip Robins

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 243 PAGES

An informative, brief history of Jordan and its monarchy from the 1920s to the present by a professor of politics at Oxford. Robins was previously a Jordan-based correspondent for the BBC and The Guardian. (JRD17, $33.99)

A History of the Arab Peoples

A History of the Arab Peoples


by Albert Hourani

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 624 PAGES

Called a landmark, masterpiece and essential to understanding the Middle East, Hourani's acclaimed chronicle of the political, spiritual, religious and cultural traditions of the Arab peoples is brought up to date with an afterword by noted Islamic scholar Malise Ruthven. (MDE11, $21.00)

A Traveller's History of Egypt

A Traveller's History of Egypt


by Harry Ades

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 452 PAGES

This effectively condensed chronological history takes in the full sweep from the earliest inhabitants to 21st century politics. (EGY180, $14.95)

Cairo, The City Victorious

Cairo, The City Victorious


by Max Rodenbeck

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 300 PAGES

Rodenbeck presents his hometown in all its chaotic, marvelous glory, combining a lively history of the 5,000-year-old metropolis with description, anecdote and political commentary. (EGY38, $15.95)

Egypt, A Short History

Egypt, A Short History


by Robert L. Tignor

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 371 PAGES

Princeton historian Tignor distills five decades of study and travel for this vivid account of the sweep and tumult of Egyptian history from the settlement of the Nile to the present. (EGY370, $19.95)

Generation Freedom, The Middle East Uprisings and the Remaking of the Modern World

Generation Freedom, The Middle East Uprisings and the Remaking of the Modern World


by Bruce Feiler

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 151 PAGES

As engaged and thoughtful as ever, Feiler brings texture and insight to these thrilling tales of youthful revolt across the Arab world, weaving on-the-spot reports from Tahir Square and elsewhere with history and commentary. (MDE199, $11.99)

Inside Egypt

Inside Egypt


by John R. Bradley

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A reporter in the region since 1999, Bradley pulls no punches in this highly readable expose of the politics and policies of Mubarak's military and modern Egypt. (EGY261, $16.00)

Islam, A Short History

Islam, A Short History


by Karen Armstrong

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 230 PAGES

Armstrong brings authority and experience to this vivid, clear-headed survey of the history and impact of Islam, from the birth of Mohammad to present-day challenges. The best short introduction to the subject. (ISL15, $15.95)

Nine Parts of Desire, The Hidden World of Islamic Women

Nine Parts of Desire, The Hidden World of Islamic Women


by Geraldine Brooks

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A highly readable overview of the role of women in Islamic society, drawn from the author's many interviews with women throughout the Arab World. (ARB06, $15.00)

The White Nile

The White Nile


by Alan Moorehead

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 431 PAGES

This lively history of the Victorian search for the source of the Nile includes the extraordinary tales of Burton and Speke, not to mention the famous meeting of Livingstone and Stanley. The narrative includes vivid descriptions of Zanzibar, the last days of Khartoum and the building of the Suez Canal. (EGY79, $14.99)

Ancient Egyptian Art and Architecture, A Very Short Introduction

Ancient Egyptian Art and Architecture, A Very Short Introduction


by Christina Riggs

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES
  • COMING IN DECEMBER

Exploring the art and buildings of the ancient Egyptians, this survey accounts for the culture's major pyramids, mummies and visual styling. Primarily, Riggs answers the question: why have Egyptian art and architecture had such an enduring appeal? (EGY416, $11.95)

Art of the Middle East, Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World and Iran

Art of the Middle East, Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World and Iran


by Saeb Eigner

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES
  • COMING IN FEBRUARY

Showcasing over 500 illustrations and biographies of 200 featured artists, this revised and expanded guide to Middle Eastern art is a comprehensive overview of contemporary styles and themes. (MDE216, $39.95)

Petra, Splendors of the Nabataean Civilization

Petra, Splendors of the Nabataean Civilization


by Francesca Arianna Ossorio | Barbara A. Porter

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 303 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

With color photographs of the temples, tombs and elaborate buildings, along with archival photographs and accompanying text. (JRD34, $60.00)

The Nile Cruise

The Nile Cruise


by Jenny Jobbins

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 160 PAGES

Weaving classic travelers' accounts with essays and 150 color photographs, this compact book beautifully illuminates the history and allure of the towns, temples and tombs of the Nile from Abydos to Abu Simbel. (EGY278, $29.95)

The Search for Ancient Egypt

The Search for Ancient Egypt


by Jean Vercoutter

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 207 PAGES

This pocket encyclopedia, packed with illustrations, tells the tale of Greek travelers, buried treasure, international intrigue and scholarship as it delves into the world's long-standing fascination with Egypt's glorious heritage. (EGY02, $15.95)

The Sisters of Sinai, How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Hidden Gospels

The Sisters of Sinai, How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Hidden Gospels


by Janet Soskice

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 316 PAGES

Soskice vividly recounts the story of Agnes and Margaret Smith, two unlikely and unsung heroines, and their discovery in 1892 of one of the earliest known copies of the gospels at St. Catherine's. (EGY334, $16.95)

Down the Nile, Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff

Down the Nile, Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff


by Rosemary Mahoney

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 273 PAGES

Mahoney weaves the tale of her quest to row the Nile with deft portraits of the people she meets in this marvelously engaging chronicle. (EGY207, $14.99)

Married to a Bedouin

Married to a Bedouin


by Marguerite Van Geldermalsen

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 279 PAGES

"Where you staying?" the Bedouin asked. "Why you not stay with me tonight -- in my cave?" Thus begins the fascinating odyssey of a young nurse from New Zealand who would marry and raise her family among the community of 100 Bedouin families living in the ancient city of Petra. (JRD35, $16.95)

Seven Pillars of Wisdom, A Triumph

Seven Pillars of Wisdom, A Triumph


by T.E. Lawrence

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 672 PAGES

The monumental story of Lawrence of Arabia, as colorful and long as the famous movie it inspired. Some of the action is set around Wadi Rum in Jordan. (MDE20, $21.00)

The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit, A Jewish Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World

The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit, A Jewish Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World


by Lucette Lagnado

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Lagnado poignantly evokes the life of her marvelously social father (the "boulevardier of Cairo") and his milieu in this textured memoir. (EGY215, $14.99)

Appointment with Death

Appointment with Death


by Agatha Christie

  • MYSTERY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Hercule Poirot steps into the story when an American tourist on a grand tour of the Holy Land is found murdered in Petra. (JRD02, $12.99)

Death on the Nile

Death on the Nile


by Agatha Christie

  • MYSTERY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 333 PAGES

How could we resist? Christie wrote Egypt's most famous murder mystery on the terrace of the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan. (EGY09, $12.99)

Palace Walk

Palace Walk


by Naguib Mahfouz

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 504 PAGES

The first volume in the monumental Cairo Trilogy, a family saga set in post-WWI Egypt. Nobel Prize-winning Mahfouz provides insight into life in Egypt and the revolution against the British. (EGY04, $16.00)

The Yacoubian Building

The Yacoubian Building


by Alaa Al Aswany

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 255 PAGES

The politics, repressed desires, hopes and dreams of Cairo are reflected through the lives of the inhabitants of a once grand apartment house in this deft novel of contemporary Egypt. (EGY175, $13.99)

In a Desert Land, Photographs of Israel, Egypt and Jordan

In a Desert Land, Photographs of Israel, Egypt and Jordan


by Neil Folberg

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1998
  • HARD COVER
  • 204 PAGES

A stunning collection of photographs of the desert Middle East, including the Sinai, Petra and Jerusalem. (JRD06, $49.95)

Red Nile, A Biography of the World's Greatest River

Red Nile, A Biography of the World's Greatest River


by Robert Twigger

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 480 PAGES
  • COMING IN OCTOBER

This biography of the Nile River overflows with stories of the human history that has played out on the great river's banks. Twigger meanders along the course of the Nile, bringing to the surface fascinating tales of crocodiles and caliphs, nineteenth century adventurers and twentieth-century novelists, biblical prophets and classical lovers. (EGY419, $29.99)

The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean

The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean


by Paddy Ryan

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

A bestseller, this take-along guide covers coral reefs, fish, invertebrates and plants of the Indo-Pacific and includes 200 color photographs. (DIV18, $21.99)

Birds of the Middle East

Birds of the Middle East


by Richard Porter | Simon Aspinall

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

An outstanding guide to 700 species of the birds in the region from the Arabian peninsula to Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Cyprus. Second edition. (MDE17, $39.95)

Fishwatcher's Field Guide Red Sea

Fishwatcher's Field Guide Red Sea


by Jerry Greenberg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • PLASTIC CARD

This double-sided plastic card shows 64 of the most commonly encountered reef fish of the Red Sea in full-color illustrations, convenient for the boat or beach. (DIV13, $7.50)

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