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Iraq, An Illustrated History and Guide

Iraq, An Illustrated History and Guide

by Gilles Munier

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

This concise guide, chock full of color photographs, covers the history, culture, religion and tumultuous current events of Iraq. (IRQ15, $20.00)

Ancient Iraq

Ancient Iraq

by Georges Roux

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 546 PAGES

A thorough introduction to the ancient peoples of modern Iraq. (IRQ01, $18.00)

A Reed Shaken by the Winds

A Reed Shaken by the Winds

by Gavin Maxwell

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Mawell's luminous account of travels with Wilfred Thesiger among among Iraq's reed-dwelling Marsh Arabs in the 1950s. (MDE72, $34.95)

Understanding Iraq

Understanding Iraq

by William Polk

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 221 PAGES

A brisk, well-informed analysis of the present situation in Iraq in the context of Iraqi history from Babylonian and Assyrian antecedents, Mongol invasion, British rule, to U.S. policy. (IRQ14, $14.99)

Iraq Map

Iraq Map

by Gizi Map

  • 2008
  • MAP

A nicely detailed map of Iraq and surrounding areas with tinted relief and landscape features. (MDE69, $14.95)

 
Baghdad Map

Baghdad Map


by Gizi Map

  • MAP

A detailed street map of Baghdad. (IRQ03, $14.95)

Bradt Iraq

Bradt Iraq


by Karen Dabrowska

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

This second, post-Saddam edition of the British guide to Iraq focuses on the culture, land and recent history of this ancient land. (MDE70, $29.99)

National Geographic Atlas of the Middle East

National Geographic Atlas of the Middle East


by National Geographic Maps

  • REFERENCE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

These maps graphically illustrate the history, politics, people and resources of the Middle East. With 40 photographs and 80 maps, including a two-page spread on each of the 16 nations. (MDE71, $21.95)

A Fist in the Hornet's Nest: On the Ground in Baghdad Before, During, and After the War

A Fist in the Hornet's Nest: On the Ground in Baghdad Before, During, and After the War


by Richard Engel

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

A gripping memoir and vivid account of the preparation, siege and aftershocks of the American invasion of Baghdad. (IRQ12, $30.99)

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, $22.00)

A Peace to End All Peace

A Peace to End All Peace


by David Fromkin

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 688 PAGES

Indispensable to understanding current tensions, alliances and the colonial legacy of the region, Fromkin's vivid tale of the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the making of the modern Middle East is out in a 20th anniversary edition. (ARB13, $24.00)

Baghdad, City of Peace, City of Blood

Baghdad, City of Peace, City of Blood


by Justin Marozzi

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 470 PAGES

Sub-subtitled "A History in Thirteen Centuries" Justin Marozzi's work is the first history on Baghdad in 80 years. The author, a Councillor of the Royal Geographic Society, recounts the ups and downs of the ancient city, how it was once the greatest capital on Earth and how, quite recently, it descended into bloodshed. (IRQ32, $32.00)

Crusade, The Untold Story of the Persian Gulf War

Crusade, The Untold Story of the Persian Gulf War


by Rick Atkinson

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 520 PAGES

An extensive account of the 42-day Persian Gulf War and how it single-handedly transformed modern warfare. (ARB46, $17.95)

Dreams and Shadows, The Future of the Middle East

Dreams and Shadows, The Future of the Middle East


by Robin B. Wright

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Wright reports on the ideas, movements and obstacles to change in this incisive portrait. With chapters on the Palestinians, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Iraq and Morocco. (MDE150, $18.00)

Iraq, A History

Iraq, A History


by John F. Robertson

  • HISTORY
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A concise, scholarly account of Iraq's history that explores the empires of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the ascent of Islam and the rise of the Renaissance-era Middle East. (IRQ33, $24.99)

Islam and the West

Islam and the West


by Bernard Lewis

  • RELIGION
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 217 PAGES

In this illuminating collection of essays, one of the great authorities on the Middle East explores the common ground shared by Islam and the West. (ARB12, $19.99)

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. (ISL15, $17.00)

Islam, The Straight Path

Islam, The Straight Path


by John L. Esposito

  • RELIGION
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A well-written survey of the faith, practice and beliefs of Islam. Its balanced tone and content are intended for an undergraduate audience, yet it also functions as an excellent overview for the general reader. (MDE22, $59.95)

Kurdistan, In the Shadow of History

Kurdistan, In the Shadow of History


by Susan Meiselas

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER

Through narrative and photographs, award-winning photographer Meiselas presents a cultural and historical portrait of the Kurdish homeland. (IRN57, $49.00)

Life in the Ancient Near East, 3100-332 B.C.

Life in the Ancient Near East, 3100-332 B.C.


by Daniel C. Snell

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

From the dawn of the written word to conquest by Alexander the Great, the history of the ancient Middle East is traced in this readable, thoroughly researched overview of economic, social and cultural development in the world of the Bible. (MDE56, $28.00)

Marching Toward Hell, America and Islam after Iraq

Marching Toward Hell, America and Islam after Iraq


by Michael Scheuer

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 364 PAGES

CIA veteran Scheuer argues that the ongoing instability in Iraq is beneficial for al Qaeda and recommends shifting American ideological, military and political views to get back on track. (ISL81, $24.99)

Mesopotamia, Assyrians, Sumerians, Babylonians

Mesopotamia, Assyrians, Sumerians, Babylonians


by Enrico Ascalone

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

A clear, highly illustrated introduction to the history, culture and archaeological finds of the ancient Mesopotamians. (MDE118, $34.95)

Overthrow, America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq

Overthrow, America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq


by Stephen Kinzer

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

In this compelling review of American adventures overseas, Kinzer crisply outlines the events, politics and personalities of 14 cases in which America has brought down foreign governments over the last 110 years. (USA148, $19.99)

Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East

Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East


by Rashid Khalidi

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A readable brief history of Arab foreign relations. Khalidi, a critic of the current turn-of-events, is professor of Arab studies at Columbia University. (MDE87, $20.00)

Squandered Victory, The American Occupation And the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq

Squandered Victory, The American Occupation And the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq


by Larry Diamond

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 395 PAGES

Diamond's provocative first-hand account of how the American effort to establish democracy in Iraq was hampered not only by insurgents and terrorists but also by a long chain of miscalculations, missed opportunities and acts of ideological blindness. (IRQ22, $26.99)

The Arab World, Forty Years of Change

The Arab World, Forty Years of Change


by Elizabeth Warnock and Rob Fernea | Thomas Hartwell

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

An award-winning look at life in the Middle East, updated in the 1990s. The authors revisit towns and cities, paying close attention to how changes such as the Gulf War and Arab-Israeli peace negotiations have impacted daily life. (ARB33, $17.95)

The Foreigner's Gift, The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in Iraq

The Foreigner's Gift, The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in Iraq


by Fouad Ajami

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 379 PAGES

Ajami delves beneath the familiar picture of Iraq -- a land where sectarianism clashes with fundamentalism, modernity with tradition, democracy with nationalism -- to get at the underlying truths of real Iraqis' lives and desires in this masterful portrait of the country. (IRQ21, $16.00)

The Heirs of Mohammad, Islam's First Century and the Origins of the Sunni-shia Split

The Heirs of Mohammad, Islam's First Century and the Origins of the Sunni-shia Split


by Barnaby Rogerson

  • RELIGION
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

Rogerson transports the reader back to the 7th-century in this gripping tale of the intrigue, politics and personalities surrounding the division of Islam into Shia and Sunni factions. (ISL65, $27.95)

The Middle East, A Brief History of the Last 2000 Years

The Middle East, A Brief History of the Last 2000 Years


by Bernard Lewis

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 433 PAGES

A sweeping history of the Middle East of the last 2,000 years. Princeton historian Lewis concentrates on the social, cultural and economic changes that have taken place, and concludes with a note of pessimism about the future. (MDE26, $18.00)

When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World

When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World


by Hugh Kennedy

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 326 PAGES

Kennedy evokes the culture, politics and key figures of the Abbasid court in rich detail in this portrait of Baghdad at zenith of its power in the 8th and 9th centuries. (MDE85, $19.95)

Yemen, The Unknown Arabia

Yemen, The Unknown Arabia


by Tim Mackintosh-Smith

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Award-winning author Mackintosh-Smith, who has lived in Yemen for over 30 years, reveals the small Arab country in history and myth. (ARB153, $18.95)

Islamic Arts

Islamic Arts


by Jonathan Bloom | Sheila Blair

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 445 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

A comprehensive survey of 1,000 years of Islamic architecture, design and decoration. Illustrated throughout with color photographs, maps and site plans. (ISL01, $29.95)

Persian Painting, The Arts of the Book and Portraiture

Persian Painting, The Arts of the Book and Portraiture


by Bayani, Manijeh | Adel T. Adamova

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 552 PAGES

Showcasing hundreds of rare examples of 14th- and 15th-century Persian art, this coffee table book reproduces the work of various Persian scribes and illustrators -- many pieces for the first time. Includes over 450 color illustrations. (IRN130, $50.00)

The Desert and the Sown

The Desert and the Sown


by Gertrude Bell | Rosemary O'Brien

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

A fierce explorer and archaeologist, lyrical writer and cunning politician, Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) spent much of her life traveling throughout present-day Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan & Israel. The title of this classic account is taken from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. (MDE59, $12.95)

Baghdad Sketches

Baghdad Sketches


by Freya Stark

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 177 PAGES

An account of a four-year sojourn in Iraq and Iran, the first of Dame Freya Stark's many travel books. (MDE75, $17.00)

Baghdad Sketches, Journeys Through Iraq

Baghdad Sketches, Journeys Through Iraq


by Freya Stark

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

In this insightful, historical introduction to Iraq, the great Freya Stark recaps two journeys to the Middle Eastern country -- in 1927, then in 1940. Controversially, "the poet of travel" immersed herself in the lives of ordinary people, visiting Baghdad, Kurdistan, Tikrit, Kuwait and many places in between. (IRQ34, $17.00)

Baghdad Without a Map and other Misadventures in Arabia

Baghdad Without a Map and other Misadventures in Arabia


by Tony Horwitz

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 285 PAGES

The madcap tale of a modern journey through 14 countries of the Arab world by an unusually entertaining reporter. Horowitz captures the social and economic realities of the region with razor-sharp wit. (ARB07, $16.00)

Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations

Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations


by Georgina Howell

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 481 PAGES

The tale of intoxicating, intrepid Major Miss Bell, who made her home in Baghdad. She created modern Iraq with T. E. Lawrence and Churchill. (ARB82, $16.00)

In Search of Islamic Feminism, One Woman's Global Journey

In Search of Islamic Feminism, One Woman's Global Journey


by Elizabeth Warnock and Rob Fernea

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A professor heads to the Middle East in order to ask if feminism is possible under Islam. (ISL28, $15.95)

The Prince of the Marshes,  And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq

The Prince of the Marshes, And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq


by Rory Stewart

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

A Farsi-speaking, absurdly well-traveled and adventurous British diplomat, Rory Stewart writes with understated wit of his 11-month stint as governor of the Maysan province in Iraq's rural south (he saw the province through to the transfer of sovereignty on June 28, 2004). This is the land of the Marsh Arabs, devastated during Saddam Hussein's regime, brought to the attention of the world by Wilfred Thesiger. (IRQ16, $15.95)

The Weight of a Mustard Seed, The Intimate Story of an Iraqi General and His Family During Thirty Years of Tyranny

The Weight of a Mustard Seed, The Intimate Story of an Iraqi General and His Family During Thirty Years of Tyranny


by Wendell Steavenson

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Steavenson presents not only a gripping account of General Kamel Sachet's rise and fall as part of Saddam Hussein's regime, but also a vivid and compassionate portrayal of the Iraqi people. (IRQ27, $14.99)

Where God Was Born, A Daring Adventure Through the Bible's Greatest Stories

Where God Was Born, A Daring Adventure Through the Bible's Greatest Stories


by Bruce Feiler

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

This third of Feiler's books on the Bible and the Middle East, takes him to Israel, Iraq and Iran. He interweaves his own spiritual quest with interviews and an account of travels with archaeologist Avner Goren. (MDE91, $14.95)

Gilgamesh, A New Rendering in English Verse

Gilgamesh, A New Rendering in English Verse


by David Ferry

  • LITERATURE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 92 PAGES

A lyrical translation of the ancient Mesopotamian epic. (IRQ02, $13.00)

Land of Marvels

Land of Marvels


by Barry Unsworth

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Unsworth has written a powerful, relevant thriller in which one archaeologist, excavating an Assyrian palace, must navigate the scramble for influence and oil in 1914 Mesopotamia. (IRQ25, $19.95)

The Arabian Nights

The Arabian Nights


by Husain Haddawy

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 518 PAGES

Translator Husain Haddawy grew up hearing his grandmother's friends re-tell these tales on winter nights in Baghdad. A wonderful introduction to Islamic Andalucia, the tales, translated from the oldest remaining Arabic version, bring to life the culture and society of the Islamic world at its height. (ARB10, $17.95)

The Marsh Arabs

The Marsh Arabs


by Wilfred Thesiger

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Thesiger's masterful account of the distinctive customs, traditions and way of life of the Ma'dan, a once isolated, ancient people of the watery marsh and reeds of Southern Iraq. (IRQ19, $17.00)

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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