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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)

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)

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)

Eyewitness Guide Jerusalem: Israel, Petra & Sinai

Eyewitness Guide Jerusalem: Israel, Petra & Sinai

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • 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)

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)

 
Israel Adventure Map

Israel Adventure Map


by National Geographic Society

  • 2012
  • MAP

Printed on waterproof and tear-resistant paper, this double-sided map shows Israel at a scale of 1:275,000. (ISR116, $11.95)

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)

Baedeker Israel

Baedeker Israel


by Martin Beck

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 442 PAGES

This full-color Baedeker features the best places to stay, eat, drink and sight-see alongside 3D laminated cut-outs and a pull out map. (ISR129, $25.00)

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)

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

Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami 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)

A History of Modern Israel

A History of Modern Israel


by Colin Shindler

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 445 PAGES

Shindler charts the tumultuous foundation and course of the modern state of Israel over the last 60 years in this balanced and lucid account, now in its second edition. (ISR65, $27.99)

A Month by the Sea, Encounters in Gaza

A Month by the Sea, Encounters in Gaza


by Dervla Murphy

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

A heart-wrenching account of the history and day-to-day realities of Gaza by a veteran Irish journalist. (ISL111, $42.95)

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)

From Galilee to the Negev

From Galilee to the Negev


by Stephen Shore

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 223 PAGES

In his masterful collection of photographs taken from Mount Hermon, Israel to the Red Sea, Stephen Shore focuses on the overlooked, the minutiae of daily life. His journey takes him through Tel Aviv, the Palestinian West Bank and the Negev Desert. A brilliant series. (ISR135, $100.00)

Israel, A History

Israel, A History


by Anita Shapira

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

Beginning in 1881 with the emergence of the Zionist movement, eminent Israeli historian Anita Shapira chronicles Israel's history through its nation-building in the 50s and 60s to years of stalemate and hope in the late 20th century. (ISR123, $29.95)

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, 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)

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)

My Promised Land, The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

My Promised Land, The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel


by Ari Shavit

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 464 PAGES

Israeli journalist and contributor to The New Yorker Ari 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, $28.00)

Scars of War, Wounds of Peace, The Israeli-Arab Tragedy

Scars of War, Wounds of Peace, The Israeli-Arab Tragedy


by Shlomo Ben-Ami

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

Ben-Ami, a former Israeli foreign minister, traces the twists and turns of the Middle East conflict from the founding of Israel to the present. (MDE145, $16.95)

Side by Side, Parallel Histories of Israel-Palestine

Side by Side, Parallel Histories of Israel-Palestine


by Sami Adwan

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 398 PAGES

Developed by Israeli and Palestinian teachers, these essays present each society's version of events -- literally side by side -- highlighting both shared opinions and deep differences. (MDE205, $24.95)

The Amos Oz Reader

The Amos Oz Reader


by Amos Oz | Mitza Ben-Dov

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 392 PAGES

This choice anthology includes excerpts from Oz's celebrated novels and nonfiction. (ISR73, $15.95)

The Israel-Arab Reader

The Israel-Arab Reader


by Barry Rubin | Walter Laqueur

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 592 PAGES

Organized chronologically, this newly revised primer includes speeches, letters, articles, timelines and reports dealing with the continuing conflict in the Middle East. (ISR62, $20.00)

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)

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)

What is a Palestine State Worth?

What is a Palestine State Worth?


by Sari Nusseibeh

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 234 PAGES

The president of and a professor at Al-Quds University, the Arab University of Jerusalem, philosopher and former PLO representative in Jerusalem, Nusseibeh offers a tentative way out of the 60-year-old Arab-Israeli conflict. (MDE195, $19.95)

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)

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, $24.95)

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)

God, A Biography

God, A Biography


by Jack Miles

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 446 PAGES

The 1996 Pulitzer Prize winner in the category of biography -- and a biography it is: a marvelous, demanding and risky look at the development of God (the man and the idea). (ISR18, $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)

Meet Me in Gaza, Uncommon Stories of Life Inside the Strip

Meet Me in Gaza, Uncommon Stories of Life Inside the Strip


by Louisa B. Waugh

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 312 PAGES
  • COMING IN SEPTEMBER

Replete with comical and eye-opening experiences, this touching account of life in Gaza is a poignant portrait of a Mediterranean land and its people. (ISL110, $14.95)

Walking Israel

Walking Israel


by Martin Fletcher

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

NBC correspondent in Tel Aviv for three decades, Fletcher breaks from daily headlines for this joyful account of a two-week trek, capturing the cultural diversity, humanity, history and spirit of seaside communities from Lebanon to Gaza along what he calls "the most fascinating, action-packed 100 miles in the world." (ISR94, $16.99)

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)

Once Upon a Country, A Palestinian Life

Once Upon a Country, A Palestinian Life


by Sari Nusseibeh

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 584 PAGES

The Palestinian leader and scholar offers a close-up and sympathetic account of the troubling recent history of the region. (MDE144, $22.00)

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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