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My Promised Land, The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

My Promised Land, The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

by Ari Shavit

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

Israeli journalist and New Yorker contributor Shavit delves into the history of Israel, its founding pioneers, his own family and, critically, Israel's legacy of occupation, which he puts at the center of this penetrating memoir. (ISR122, $17.00)

Jerusalem, The Biography

Jerusalem, The Biography

by Simon Sebag Montefiore

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 650 PAGES

Montefiore's masterful history of the Holy City focuses on the struggle between the Abrahamic religions and the place of prophets and patriarchs -- including Abraham, David, Jesus and Muhammad -- with grace and balance, tracing the story of Jerusalem through the lives of men and women. (ISR99, $20.00)

Eyewitness Guide Jerusalem: Israel, Petra & Sinai

Eyewitness Guide Jerusalem: Israel, Petra & Sinai

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 328 PAGES

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

Jersualem Map

Jersualem Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2015
  • MAP

A fold-out street map with an inset of the old city in greater detail. Two Sides. 26x20 inches. (ISR13, $9.95)

 
Lonely Planet Hebrew Phrasebook & Dictionary

Lonely Planet Hebrew Phrasebook & Dictionary


by Kate Mathews

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 263 PAGES

This handy pocket phrasebook includes pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary. (ISR118, $8.99)

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)

Jerusalem, A Cookbook

Jerusalem, A Cookbook


by Sami Tamimi | Yotam Ottolenghi

  • FOOD
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

Ottolenghi and Tamimi return to the city of their youth in this remarkable culinary tribute, including traditional, age-old dishes, inspired modern recipes, tales of childhood and essays on the flavors and complexity of Jerusalem. With evocative photographs and 120 recipes that you'll want to try. (ISR117, $35.00)

Cities That Shaped the Ancient World

Cities That Shaped the Ancient World


by John Julius Norwich

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

In this fascinating historical exploration, renowned historian J.J. Norwich profiles 40 important urban centers of the ancient world, from China and Mesoamerica to Europe and Ethiopia. (WLD262, $40.00)

City of Stone: The Hidden History of Jerusalem

City of Stone: The Hidden History of Jerusalem


by Meron Benvenisti

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 283 PAGES

An absorbing, mostly modern and personal history. A former deputy mayor of Jerusalem and political analyst, Benvenisti captures the grace and allure of the city. (ISR07, $30.95)

From Beirut to Jerusalem

From Beirut to Jerusalem


by Thomas Friedman

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 656 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, $20.00)

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 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)

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, $23.00)

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World


by James Carroll

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER

James Carroll's urgent, provacative look into the long history of violence and death that surrounds the ancient city. With a keen and analytical eye, Carroll not only traces the influence of Jerusalem's violent religious ideas, but also interprets the crossroads of history, theology, philosophy and and popular culture in a way that offers hope of an emerging religion that celebrates "life, not death". (ISR105, $16.95)

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, $20.00)

Life in Year One, What the World Was Like in First-century Palestine

Life in Year One, What the World Was Like in First-century Palestine


by Scott Korb

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 239 PAGES

With humor and chutzpah, Scott Korb conjures daily life in the Holy Land in this short, wittily annotated history. With chapters in money, home, food, hygiene, religion, war and death, the book concludes with a piercing account of Korb's travels from Jerusalem to Bethlehem. (MDE182, $17.00)

Paul, His Story

Paul, His Story


by Jerome Murphy-O'Connor

  • RELIGION
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 259 PAGES

This chronological narrative offers new insights into Paul's intellectual, emotional and religious development and puts his travels, mission and theological ideas into a plausible biographical context. (REL47, $24.99)

Six Days of War, June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East

Six Days of War, June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East


by Michael B. Oren

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Oren brings academic rigor and drama to this masterly account, first published on the 35th anniversary of the Six Day War. (ISR114, $18.95)

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, $17.00)

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)

The Story of the Jews, Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 AD

The Story of the Jews, Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 AD


by Simon Schama

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 496 PAGES

A marvelously readable, far-reaching chronicle of three thousand years of Jewish history. (ISR125, $39.99)

Jerusalem Besieged, From Ancient Canaan to Modern Israel

Jerusalem Besieged, From Ancient Canaan to Modern Israel


by Eric H. Cline

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 410 PAGES

Writing primarily as an archaeologist, Cline presents ten major conflicts in and around Jerusalem, illuminating the Jewish, Roman, Moslem, Crusader, Ottoman, Western, Arab, and Israeli struggles for this symbolic place. (ISR109, $25.95)

The Temple of Jerusalem

The Temple of Jerusalem


by Simon Goldhill

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

Through biblical stories and ancient texts, rabbinical writings, archaeological records and modern accounts, Goldhill traces the Temple's shifting significance for Jews, Christians and Muslims in this illuminating pocket guide. (ISR72, $17.50)

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)

Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City

Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City


by Helge Dascher | Guy Delisle

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 344 PAGES

In the follow-up to his acclaimed The Burma Chronicles (BMA58), Delisle uses the graphic novel format to recount the time he spent in East Jerusalem during the Gaza War. (ISR137, $19.95)

To Jerusalem and Back, a Personal Account

To Jerusalem and Back, a Personal Account


by Saul Bellow

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

The great novelist meditates on Israel in this brief memoir of a trip to Jerusalem. (ISR21, $15.00)

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
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 496 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, $15.99)

A Woman in Jerusalem

A Woman in Jerusalem


by Abraham B. Yehoshua

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 237 PAGES

Assigned the difficult task of identifying and burying the victim of a suicide bombing at a Jerusalem market, a human resources representative reluctantly pieces together the woman's past as a former Soviet engineer and a non-Jewish person on a religious pilgrimage. (ISR69, $14.00)

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)

Operation Shylock, A Confession

Operation Shylock, A Confession


by Philip Roth

  • LITERATURE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Roth's comic masterpiece includes an indelible portrait of contemporary Jerusalem. (ISR89, $16.00)

The Photographer's Wife

The Photographer's Wife


by Suzanne Joinson

  • LITERATURE
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A powerful historical novel set in British-controlled Jerusalem in the 1920s. A young English pilot, William Harrington, wins the affections of a married woman, the wife of an underground nationalist. The consequences are complex and far-reaching. (ISR138, $16.00)

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