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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)

Spectrum Guide to Jordan

Spectrum Guide to Jordan

by Camerapix

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 347 PAGES

This handsome guidebook features in-depth essays and hundreds of color photographs introducing the culture, history and archaeology of Jordan. With travel information, maps, wildlife checklists and information on politics and the economy. (JRD09, $22.95)

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

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 4th-century BC, conquered by the Romans and overrun by the Crusaders. (JRD13, $15.95)

Jordan Map

Jordan Map

by Cartographia

  • MAP

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

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)

Culture Smart! Egypt

Culture Smart! Egypt


by Jailan Zayan

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A handy pocket guide to understanding local customs and etiquette. (EGY196, $9.95)

Say It in Arabic (Egyptian)

Say It in Arabic (Egyptian)


by Farouk El-Baz

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 1968
  • PAPER
  • 185 PAGES

A guide to common words and phrases in the widely spoken Cairo dialect. (ARB54, $4.95)

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)

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 Muhammad 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)

The Art of Ancient Egypt

The Art of Ancient Egypt


by Gay Robins

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Organized chronologically, this authoritative survey of the tombs, temples and sanctuaries of ancient Egypt features 300 illustrations. (EGY52, $33.00)

The Complete Valley of the Kings

The Complete Valley of the Kings


by Nicholas Reeves | Richard Wilkinson

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A thorough and intriguing look at the burial place of the New Kingdom pharaohs, this book brings together the art, architecture and history of the valley; contains profiles of archaeologists, diagrams and detailed site descriptions. (EGY14, $26.95)

The Great Pyramids

The Great Pyramids


by Jean-Pierre Corteggiani

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

The newest addition to the acclaimed Discoveries series, this lavishly illustrated pocket encyclopedia illuminates the archaeology, history and splendor of Giza, last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. (EGY221, $12.95)

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)

Write Your Own Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Write Your Own Egyptian Hieroglyphs


by Angela McDonald

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 80 PAGES

Understand the language of the Pharaohs! McDonald's handy illustrated guide to reading, writing and understanding ancient Egyptian names, epithets, titles and phrases includes 50 color illustrations and 200 line drawings. (EGY25, $19.95)

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)

Leap of Faith, Memoirs of an Unexpected Life

Leap of Faith, Memoirs of an Unexpected Life


by Queen Noor

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

The absorbing, personal story of Jordan's American-born Queen Noor touches upon her husband's efforts at peacemaking, his death and contemporary Arab-Israeli relations. (JRD21, $15.99)

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)

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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