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Ancient Lebanon, Monuments Past and Present

Ancient Lebanon, Monuments Past and Present

by M. J. Strazzulla

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 72 PAGES

Ingenious overlay illustrations reveal 16 ancient monuments from the days of the Phoenicians, the Romans and the Christian crusaders. The sites are shown first as they look today and then, via an overlaid acetate illustration, as they looked in their heydays. (LBN05, $29.95)

A House of Many Mansions, The History of Lebanon Reconsidered

A House of Many Mansions, The History of Lebanon Reconsidered

by Kamal Salibi

  • HISTORY
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 247 PAGES

A lucid history of Lebanon, balancing competing versions of the history of Lebanon's Christian and Muslim traditions. In the process, the Lebanese professor of history debunks some common myths and demonstrates how the persistent views of each of Lebanon's groups contribute to the current conflict. (LBN01, $30.95)

From the Holy Mountain, A Journey Among the Christians of the Middle East

From the Holy Mountain, A Journey Among the Christians of the Middle East

by William Dalrymple

  • RELIGION
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

In this beautifully written hymn to Eastern Christianity, Dalrymple follows the journeys of ancient monks and scholars through Istanbul, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt. (MDE49, $23.00)

Bradt Guide Lebanon

Bradt Guide Lebanon

by Paul Doyle

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

With good historical context and some useful sidebars on noted points of interest, from the ever-reliable British series. (LBN17, $24.99)

Lebanon Map

Lebanon Map

by ITMB

  • 2011
  • MAP

A map of Lebanon at a scale of 1:220,000 with a detailed city map of Beirut on the reverse. (MDE66, $12.95)

 
Wallpaper City Guide Beirut

Wallpaper City Guide Beirut


by Wallpaper City Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 103 PAGES

A stylish, thin (it fits in your back pocket) city guide compiled by the design magazine Wallpaper's local reporters. Well-organized, with chapter tabs, many photographs and of-the-moment recommendations. (LBN19, $9.95)

Arabesque, A Taste of Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon

Arabesque, A Taste of Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon


by Claudia Roden

  • FOOD
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 352 PAGES

With 100 color photos of food, people and places, this enchanting cookbook by a leading authority is filled with not just subtle, simple recipes but also stories, culture and history. (MED99, $37.50)

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)

Beirut

Beirut


by Samir Kassir

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 627 PAGES

Widely regarded as the definitive history of Beirut, this eloquent panorama of a city at the crossroads of civilizations was the last work completed by Kassir before his assassination in 2005. (LBN11, $34.95)

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)

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)

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)

Killing Mr. Lebanon, The Assassination of Rafik Hariri and Its Impact on the Middle East

Killing Mr. Lebanon, The Assassination of Rafik Hariri and Its Impact on the Middle East


by Nicholas Blanford

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 236 PAGES

Blanford's biography of Hariri, an entrepreneur who rose from nothing to become one of the most powerful men in Lebanese politics, is at once a real-life thriller and a portrait of Lebanon's modern political landscape. (LBN07, $18.00)

Lebanon, A House Divided

Lebanon, A House Divided


by Sandra MacKey

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 295 PAGES

First published in 1989, this portrait of a nation (with a new introduction by the author) illuminates the complex history of this tiny nation and the many factions that still tear it apart. (LBN04, $21.95)

Levant, Splendor and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean

Levant, Splendor and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean


by Philip Mansel

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 470 PAGES

The talented Philip Mansel plumbs the histories of three remarkable cities of great wealth, pleasure and freedom -- Smyrna, Alexandria and Beirut -- from their cosmopolitan glory days to their fate in the 20th-centuiry, revealing cultural precedents for the reality of the contemporary Middle East in this absorbing history -- an excellent choice for Father's Day! (MED178, $22.00)

Mirror of the Arab World, Lebanon in Conflict

Mirror of the Arab World, Lebanon in Conflict


by Sandra MacKey

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 309 PAGES

The tumultuous history of Lebanon illuminates not only the challenges that Arabs pose to themselves but also the fear and hostility that arise in response to perceived threats from the West. (LBN09, $21.95)

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, $15.95)

Pity the Nation, The Abduction of Lebanon

Pity the Nation, The Abduction of Lebanon


by Robert Fisk

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 727 PAGES

A journalist who has covered the region for 25 years, in this exploosive book Fisk recounts conflicts in the region from Sharon and Arafat's first deadly encounter in the early 1980s. (LBN16, $24.00)

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 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, $21.00)

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)

House of Stone

House of Stone


by Anthony Shadid

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 336 PAGES

A crowning achievement in the career of Anthony Shadid, who died while on assignment in Syria in February 2012 tells the story of rebuilding his ancestral home in Lebanon amid political strife in this sparkling memoir. (MDE204, $27.00)

Jasmine and Fire, A Bittersweet Year in Beirut

Jasmine and Fire, A Bittersweet Year in Beirut


by Salma Abdelnour

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 328 PAGES

A record of New York-based food and travel writer Salma Abdelnour's return to her homeland, which she left as a nine-year-old in the 1980s, this poignant story of return is infused with the sights, sounds and especially the smells of Beirut. (LBN18, $14.00)

Waltz with Bashir, A Lebanon War Story

Waltz with Bashir, A Lebanon War Story


by David Polonsky | Ari Folman

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 117 PAGES

In this graphic novel adaptation of their 2008 animated documentary, Folman and Polonsky dramatize an Israeli soldier's attempts to dig up repressed memories of the massacre of Palestinians during the 1982 invasion of Lebanon. (LBN06, $21.99)

Season of Betrayal

Season of Betrayal


by Margaret Lowrie Robertson

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

In this gripping novel set in war-torn 1983 Beirut, the wife of a bullying American journalist is caught up in events beyond her control. As her marriage disintegrates, a desperate affair creates a chain of events with fatal consequences. (LBN08, $17.95)

The Hakawati

The Hakawati


by Rabih Alameddine

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

A modern Arabian Nights, Alameddine's astonishingly inventive, wonderfully exuberant novel takes readers from the shimmering dunes of ancient Egypt to the war-torn streets of 21-century Lebanon. (MDE133, $16.95)

White Masks

White Masks


by Maia Tabet | Elias Khoury

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 303 PAGES

Khoury (Gate of the Sun) infuses the spirit of Beirut into this beautifully written story of a journalist seeking the truth about the murder of a civil servant during the Lebanese Civil War. (LBN12, $22.00)

Women of Sand and Myrrh

Women of Sand and Myrrh


by Hanan Al-Shaykh

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

Four women in an unnamed Arab country struggle for personal autonomy in this novel by a Lebanese author known for her beautiful and explicit prose. (MDE196, $15.95)

Yalo

Yalo


by Elias Khoury

  • LITERATURE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 318 PAGES

This difficult and rewarding novel centers on a young man named Yalo who suffers immense trouble during the Lebanese civil war. Forced to confess to crimes he did not commit, Yalo starts to grasp his family's true past when he writes his court testimony. (LBN20, $18.00)

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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