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LEBANON. Buy these 5 items as a set for $112 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

Ancient Lebanon, Monuments Past and Present

LBN05
M. J. Strazzulla
Getty Trust Publications
2006
72
8881621428
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.95

A House of Many Mansions, The History of Lebanon Reconsidered

LBN01
Kamal Salibi
University of California Press
1990
247
0520071964
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$30.95

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

MDE49
William Dalrymple
Henry Holt and Company
1999
496
0805061770
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
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.
$23.00

Bradt Guide Lebanon

LBN17
Paul Doyle
Bradt Publications
2017
352
1841625582
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
With good historical context and some useful sidebars on noted points of interest, from the ever-reliable British series.
$25.99

Lebanon Map

MDE66
ITMB
ITMB
2011
1
1553412923
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A map of Lebanon at a scale of 1:220,000 with a detailed city map of Beirut on the reverse.
$12.95

Wallpaper City Guide Beirut

LBN19
Wallpaper City Guides
Phaidon Press
2012
103
0714864218
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$9.95

Arabesque, A Taste of Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon

MED99
Claudia Roden
Alfred Knopf
2006
352
030726498X
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
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.
$37.50

A History of the Arab Peoples

MDE11
Albert Hourani
Belknap Press
2010
624
0674058194
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Called a landmark, masterpiece and essential to understanding the Middle East, Hourani's 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.
$22.50

Beirut

LBN11
Samir Kassir
University of California Press
2011
627
0520271262
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$34.95

Dreams and Shadows, The Future of the Middle East

MDE150
Robin B. Wright
Penguin Putnam
2009
480
0143114891
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.00

From Beirut to Jerusalem

MDE03
Thomas Friedman
Picador USA
2012
656
1250034418
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$22.00

Islam, The Straight Path

MDE22
John L. Esposito
Oxford University Press
2010
304
0195396006
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
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.
$59.95

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

LBN07
Nicholas Blanford
St. Martins
2008
236
1845118545
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.00

Lebanon, A House Divided

LBN04
Sandra MacKey
W. W. Norton & Company
2006
295
0393328430
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$21.95

Levant, Splendor and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean

MED178
Philip Mansel
Yale University Press
2012
470
030018171X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$22.00

Mirror of the Arab World, Lebanon in Conflict

LBN09
Sandra MacKey
W. W. Norton & Company
2009
309
0393333744
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$21.95

Nine Parts of Desire, The Hidden World of Islamic Women

ARB06
Geraldine Brooks
Doubleday
1996
256
0385475772
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

Pity the Nation, The Abduction of Lebanon

LBN16
Robert Fisk
2002
727
1560254424
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$24.00

The Arab World, Forty Years of Change

ARB33
Elizabeth Warnock and Robert Fernea, Thomas Hartwell (Photographer)
Doubleday
1997
432
0385485204
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.95

The Desert and the Sown

MDE59
Gertrude Bell, Rosemary O'Brien (Introduction)
Dover Publications
2008
368
0486468763
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
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.
$12.95

House of Stone

MDE204
Anthony Shadid
Houghton Mifflin Company
2012
336
0547134665
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$27.00

Jasmine and Fire, A Bittersweet Year in Beirut

LBN18
Salma Abdelnour
Broadway Books
2012
328
0307885941
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.00

Season of Betrayal

LBN08
Margaret Lowrie Robertson
Harvest Books
2007
320
015603395X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.95

The Hakawati

MDE133
Rabih Alameddine
Alfred Knopf
2009
528
0307386279
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

White Masks

LBN12
Maia Tabet (Translator), Elias Khoury
Archipelago Books
2010
303
098198732X
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$22.00

Women of Sand and Myrrh

MDE196
Hanan Al-Shaykh
Doubleday
1992
280
0385423586
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

Yalo

LBN20
Elias Khoury
Archipelago Books
2015
318
0914671286
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.00

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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Islam and the West

ARB12
Bernard Lewis
Oxford University Press
1994
217
0195090616
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.99

Sandstorms, Days and Nights in Arabia

ARB08
Peter Theroux
W. W. Norton & Company
1991
281
0393307972
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
As a journalist in Saudi Arabia, Peter Theroux (Paul's brother) learned the language and immersed himself in the realities of day-to-day life. This book is a memoir of his experiences, both a revealing collection of anecdotes and a humorous portrait of a place.
$21.00

Out of Place

MDE32
Edward W. Said
Vintage Books
2000
295
0679730672
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
With acute attention to detail, Said recalls growing up in the privileged, cosmopolitan world of the Middle East in the 1930s and 40s.
$16.95

Lebanese Cuisine

LBN02
Madelain Farah
Four Walls Eight Windows
2001
256
1568581793
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
Long on recipes but short on cultural information, this book features more than 200 Lebanese recipes.
$18.95

Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World

ISL08
Edward W. Said
Vintage Books
1997
186
0679758909
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An insightful, perceptive account of how the media has created an Islamic identity, by the influential scholar and thinker Edward Said.
$16.00

The Crusades Through Arab Eyes

ISL10
Amin Maalouf, Jon Rothschild
Schocken Books
1989
293
0805208984
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Vivid characters and battles make this an excellent historical re-creation for anyone with interest in the world at the time of the crusades.
$17.95

National Geographic Atlas of the Middle East

MDE71
National Geographic Maps
National Geographic
2008
128
1426202210
PAPER
Reference
0
0
0
0
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.
$21.95

Beyond the Facade, Political Reform in the Arab World

ARB112
Marina Ottaway (Editor)
Brookings
2008
395
0870032399
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
These essays provide careful, detailed considerations of reform in ten countries (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Yemen), highlighting the diversity of processes and problems.
$22.95

Lebanon, Through Writers' Eyes

LBN15
J.T. Gorton
Sickle Moon
2010
306
1906011273
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
Colin Thubron, William Dalyrmple and T.E. Lawrence all contribute to this judicious anthology.
$35.00

The Little Drummer Girl

MED182
John Le Carre
Penguin Putnam
2011
496
0143119745
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
An aspiring actress becomes a pawn in an elaborate game to find and assassinate a Palestinian terrorist.
$17.00