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Israel & Jordan

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude. We have updated the original package. These are the current recommendations.
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Petra, The Rose-Red City

JRD13
Christian Auge, Jean-Marie Dentzer
Thames & Hudson UK
2000
144
0810928965
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
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 fourth-century BC, conquered by the Romans and overrun by the Crusaders.
$15.95

My Promised Land, The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

ISR122
Ari Shavit
Spiegel & Grau
2014
464
0385521715
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.00

Eyewitness Guide Jerusalem: Israel, Petra & Sinai

ISR46
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
328
146544131X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This compact, illustrated guide provides a thorough overview of Israel and western Jordan, including Petra, Wadi Rum and Amman.
$25.00

Jordan & Syria Map

MDE14
International Travel Maps
ITMB
2010
2
1553412745
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This double-sided regional map (1:700,000) shows not only Jordan and Syria, but also all of Israel.
$12.95

Israel, Palestine, Holy Land Map

ISR09
Freytag & Berndt
Freytag & Berndt
2010
1
3707907767
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A double-sided, indexed map at a scale of 1:150,000.
$14.95

Jersualem Map

ISR13
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2015
1
3866093322
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A fold-out street map with an inset of the old city in greater detail. Two Sides. 26x20 inches.
$9.95

Insight Guide Israel

ISR01
Insight Guides
Insight Guides
2015
368
178005243X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This lavishly illustrated guide includes maps and short essays on history, culture and attractions.
$24.99

Rough Guide Jordan

JRD10
Matthew Teller
Rough Guides
2016
416
0241250803
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$24.99

The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Bible Lands

MDE171
Jotischy, Andrew, Caroline Hull
Penguin Putnam
2009
144
0141026871
PAPER
Reference
0
0
0
0
From the earliest hunter-gatherers to modern Jerusalem, this concise pictorial atlas traces this most complex history in maps and essays.
$20.00

A History of Jordan

JRD17
Philip Robins
Cambridge University Press
2004
243
0521598958
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An informative, brief history of Jordan and its monarchy from the 1920s to the present by a professor of politics at Oxford. Robins was previously a Jordan-based correspondent for the BBC and The Guardian.
$35.99

In the Land of Israel

ISR03
Amos Oz
Harcourt Books
1993
275
0156481146
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.95

Islam, A Short History

ISL15
Karen Armstrong
Modern Library
2002
230
081296618X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

Israel, A History

ISR123
Anita Shapira
University Press of New England
2014
528
1611686180
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.95

Jerusalem, City of Longing

ISR63
Simon Goldhill
Belknap Press
2009
368
0674034686
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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).
$23.00

Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths

ISR10
Karen Armstrong
Ballantine Books
1997
472
0345391683
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
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.
$22.00

Judaism, A Very Short Introduction

REL38
Norman Solomon
Oxford University Press
2014
151
0199687358
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
Succinctly sketching the history, religious traditions and practice of Judaism.
$11.95

The Israelis, Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land

ISR53
Donna Rosenthal
Free Press
2005
480
0743270355
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Colorful and compelling, this sharp-eyed portrait captures the diversity of modern Israel with humor and authority. 60th anniversary edition.
$18.00

The Story of Israel

ISR66
Martin Gilbert
Sterling Publishing Company
2011
64
0233003355
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$34.95

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

ISR125
Simon Schama
HarperCollins
2017
512
0060539208
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A marvelously readable, far-reaching chronicle of three thousand years of Jewish history.
$19.99

A Tale of Love and Darkness

ISR45
Amos Oz
Mariner Books
2005
544
015603252X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

I Saw Ramallah

MDE73
Mourid Barghouti, Edward W. Said (Introduction), Ahdaf Soueif (Translator)
Doubleday
2003
184
1400032660
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.00

Married to a Bedouin

JRD35
Marguerite van Geldermalsen
Hachette
2010
279
1844082202
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
"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.
$16.95

The Language of Baklava

JRD22
Diana Abu-Jaber
Pantheon Books
2006
330
1400077761
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

Walking Israel

ISR94
Martin Fletcher
Griffin Publishing
2011
336
0312534825
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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."
$19.99

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

MDE50
Bruce Feiler
HarperCollins Publishers
2014
496
0062336509
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.99

Appointment with Death

JRD02
Agatha Christie
HarperCollins
2011
256
0062073923
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Hercule Poirot steps into the story when an American tourist on a grand tour of the Holy Land is found murdered in Petra.
$13.99

Exodus

ISR05
Leon Uris
Bantam Doubleday
1989
608
0553258478
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A blockbuster novel, this book is mandatory reading for its sweeping overview of Israel and Palestine.
$8.99

Israel, A Traveler's Literary Companion

ISR06
Michael Gluzman (Editor)
Whereabouts Press
1996
236
1883513030
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.95

Mornings in Jenin

MDE186
Susan Abulhawa
Bloomsbury USA
2010
331
1608190463
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

Birds of the Middle East

MDE17
Richard Porter, Simon Aspinall
Princeton University Press
2010
384
0691148449
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$39.95

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The Holy Land, An Oxford Archaeological Guide

ISR12
Jerome Murphy O'Connor
Oxford University Press
2008
450
0199236666
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Half of this indispensable, authoritative guide is devoted to the Roman temples, Byzantine synagogues and other monuments -- Christian, Jewish and Muslim -- of Jerusalem itself.
$37.95

God, A Biography

ISR18
Jack Miles
Vintage Books
1996
446
0679743685
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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).
$17.95

Petra and the Lost Kingdom of the Nabataeans

JRD11
Jane Taylor
St. Martins
2012
224
1848850204
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
1/1/2112
0
0
0
0
Petra's history from the Stone Age to the Nabataeans (who constructed the city) through the Crusades is documented with 150 full-color photographs.
$30.00

The Gifts of the Jews

MDE113
Thomas Cahill
Doubleday
1999
304
0385482493
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Cahill brings to life the ancient Hebrews and their contribution to modern life and thought in this second volume on The Making of the Ancient World.
$16.95

A History of Modern Israel

ISR65
Colin Shindler
Cambridge University Press
2013
445
521615380
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.99

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

MDE145
Shlomo Ben-Ami
Oxford University Press
2007
432
0195325427
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$20.25

Once Upon a Country, A Palestinian Life

MDE144
Sari Nusseibeh
Picador USA
2008
584
0312427107
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The Palestinian leader and scholar offers a close-up and sympathetic account of the troubling recent history of the region.
$22.00

The Amos Oz Reader

ISR73
Amos Oz, Mitza Ben-Dov (Editor)
Mariner Books
2009
392
0156035669
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
This choice anthology includes excerpts from Oz's celebrated novels and nonfiction.
$22.95

To the End of the Land

ISR95
David Grossman
Alfred Knopf
2011
592
0307476405
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

What is a Palestine State Worth?

MDE195
Sari Nusseibeh
Harvard University Press
2012
248
0674048733
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.95

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

ISL110
Louisa B. Waugh
Gardners Books
2014
312
1908906243
PAPER
Travel Narrative
8/22/2017
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.95

For Kids

The Return

ETP13
Sonia Levitin
Fawcett
1991
181
0449702804
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A moving novel of escape from religious persecuation in Ethiopia.
$5.99

The Bronze Bow

ISR41
Elizabeth George Speare
Houghton Mifflin Company
1972
254
0395137195
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
This young adult novel powerfully evokes the political and religious climate of Jesus's times, and is a thrilling read to boot.
$8.99

This Is Israel

ISR60
Miroslav Sasek
Universe Publishing
2008
60
0789315955
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
This beloved classic, first published in 1962, visits the Promised Land, a sun-drenched panorama of many hues and many traditions.
$17.95

Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest

NAT238
Amos Oz
Harcourt Books
2011
144
0547551533
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
A haunting fable of two children who journey into the forest to discover why all of the animals disappeared from their village years before.
$15.99