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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)

The Story of Israel

The Story of Israel

by Martin Gilbert

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 64 PAGES

Gilbert's balanced, authoritative and well-illustrated survey includes historic documents, posters, letters and memorabilia. Starting with the First Zionist Congress in Basel in 1897, Gilbert charts the history of the Jewish state up to the present. (ISR66, $34.95)

Eyewitness Guide Jerusalem: Israel, Petra & Sinai

Eyewitness Guide Jerusalem: Israel, Petra & Sinai

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

This compact, illustrated guide provides a thorough overview of Israel and western Jordan, including Petra, Wadi Rum and Amman. (ISR46, $25.00)

Jordan & Syria Map

Jordan & Syria Map

by International Travel Maps

  • 2010
  • MAP

This double-sided regional map (1:700,000) shows not only Jordan and Syria, but also all of Israel. (MDE14, $12.95)

 
Israel, Palestine, Holy Land Map

Israel, Palestine, Holy Land Map


by Freytag & Berndt

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • MAP
  • 1 PAGES

A double-sided, indexed map at a scale of 1:150,000. (ISR09, $14.95)

Jerusalem Map

Jerusalem Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2006
  • MAP

A fold-out street map with an inset of the old city in more detail. (ISR13, $8.95)

Tel Aviv Map

Tel Aviv Map


by MAPA Publishers

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • MAP
  • 1 PAGES

This frequently updated, detailed city map of Tel Aviv includes a guide to the sights on the reverse. (ISR40, $12.95)

Insight Guide Israel

Insight Guide Israel


by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

This lavishly illustrated guide includes maps and short essays on history, culture and attractions. (ISR01, $23.99)

Rough Guide Jordan

Rough Guide Jordan


by Matthew Teller

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

An enormously informative and well-written guide, including a 50-page section on Petra. Teller's no-nonsense voice rings true throughout the book, both in the concise historical information for each site and in his gentle encouragement to get off the beaten path. (JRD10, $24.99)

The Holy Land, An Oxford Archaeological Guide

The Holy Land, An Oxford Archaeological Guide


by Jerome Murphy O'Connor

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 450 PAGES

Half of this indispensable, authoritative guide is devoted to the Roman temples, Byzantine synagogues and other monuments -- Christian, Jewish and Muslim -- of Jerusalem itself. (ISR12, $37.95)

The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Bible Lands

The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Bible Lands


by Jotischy, Andrew | Caroline Hull

  • REFERENCE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

From the earliest hunter-gatherers to modern Jerusalem, this concise pictorial atlas traces this most complex history in maps and essays. (MDE171, $20.00)

Aliya, Three Generations of American-Jewish Immigration to Israel

Aliya, Three Generations of American-Jewish Immigration to Israel


by Liel Leibovitz

  • RELIGION
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

A well-researched and deeply personal examination of the spiritual and psychological motivations of American Jews who immigrate to Israel. (ISR55, $18.99)

From Beirut to Jerusalem

From Beirut to Jerusalem


by Thomas Friedman

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 530 PAGES

An illuminating and heartfelt exploration of the complex Middle East. Pulitzer Prize winner Friedman provides a personal and a scholarly perspective on the roots of the conflict. (MDE03, $17.00)

In the Land of Israel

In the Land of Israel


by Amos Oz

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 275 PAGES

In this compelling volume, Israeli novelist Amos Oz interviewed dozens of his fellow countrymen from all walks of life. A passionate, candid and diverse portrait of a people and their hopes, fears and prejudices. (ISR03, $14.95)

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)

Jerusalem, City of Longing

Jerusalem, City of Longing


by Simon Goldhill

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Goldhill shows the layered, multi-religious history of the city through its architecture, organizing his exhilarating guide into a series of seven walking tours (each with map). (ISR63, $22.00)

Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths

Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths


by Karen Armstrong

  • RELIGION
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 472 PAGES

A popular history by the author of A History of God. Armstrong tackles big subjects -- and this book is no exception. It's a comprehensive, concise portrait of the city over the last 5,000 years. (ISR10, $18.00)

Judaism, A Very Short Introduction

Judaism, A Very Short Introduction


by Norman Solomon

  • RELIGION
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

Succinctly sketching the history, religious traditions and practice of Judaism. (REL38, $11.95)

The Israelis, Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land

The Israelis, Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land


by Donna Rosenthal

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Colorful and compelling, this sharp-eyed portrait captures the diversity of modern Israel with humor and authority. 60th anniversary edition. (ISR53, $16.00)

Walking the Bible, A Photographic Journey

Walking the Bible, A Photographic Journey


by Bruce Feiler

  • RELIGION
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 160 PAGES

Color photographs and accompanying vignettes capture the people and places of Feiler's remarkable odyssey through the biblical lands of Egypt, Israel, Palestine and Turkey. (MDE94, $32.50)

Israel, Past and Present

Israel, Past and Present


by D. Bahat

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 76 PAGES

Ingenious overlaid illustrations on acetate show Holy Land sites and monuments as they look today and as they did when they were first constructed in antiquity. (ISR44, $25.00)

A Tale of Love and Darkness

A Tale of Love and Darkness


by Amos Oz

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

A family saga and portrait, Oz writes of growing up in Jerusalem in the 1940s, his family's origins and his life as a novelist and commentator. Big in scope, A Tale of Love and Darkness is, in part, the story of Israel and its people. (ISR45, $16.95)

I Saw Ramallah

I Saw Ramallah


by Mourid Barghouti | Edward W. Said | Ahdaf Soueif

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

An evocative and powerful memoir, focused on the author's return to the West Bank after 30 years, a place utterly changed and still at the center of the devastating conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians. (MDE73, $15.00)

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)

The Language of Baklava

The Language of Baklava


by Diana Abu-Jaber

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 330 PAGES

In this evocative culinary memoir, the Jordanian-American novelist recalls growing up with her gregarious, homesick Jordanian father, who cooked to remember the place he came from and to pass that connection to his children. With one recipe per chapter. (JRD22, $15.95)

Walking the Bible, A Journey by Land through the Five Books of Moses

Walking the Bible, A Journey by Land through the Five Books of Moses


by Bruce Feiler

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

An account of a 10,000-mile trek through the Biblical lands of the Middle East in the company of an Israeli archaeologist. It's part travelogue, part pilgrimage, and part quest for religious meaning. (MDE50, $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)

Exodus

Exodus


by Leon Uris

  • LITERATURE
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 608 PAGES

A blockbuster novel, this book is mandatory reading for its sweeping overview of Israel and Palestine. (ISR05, $7.99)

Israel, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Israel, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Michael Gluzman

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 236 PAGES

Organized geographically, these 16 stories by celebrated contemporary writers including Amos Oz, A.B. Yehoshua and David Grossman reflect the cultural diversity of modern Israel. (ISR06, $14.95)

Mornings in Jenin

Mornings in Jenin


by Susan Abulhawa

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 331 PAGES

This family saga, drawing on the author's own experiences and history, follows four generations of a Palestinian family who lost their home in 1948 with the creation of Israel. (MDE186, $16.00)

To the End of the Land

To the End of the Land


by David Grossman

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 592 PAGES

Grossman's haunting novel follows an Israeli mother as she walks across Israel to Galilee to avoid the "notifiers" who might arrive with news of her son's death in a military offensive against the Palestinians. (ISR95, $15.95)

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)

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)

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