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The Arabs & Israel for Beginners (Writers and Readers Documentary Comic Book, 62.)
by Ron David, Susan David (Illustrator)

The Battle for God
by Karen Armstrong
Paperback from Ballantine Books

The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts
by Israel Finkelstein, Neil Asher Silberman
The Bible Unearthed is a balanced, thoughtful, bold reconsideration of the historical period that produced the Hebrew Bible. The headline news in this book is easy to pick out: there is no evidence for the existence of Abraham, or any of the Patriarchs; ditto for Moses and the Exodus; and the same goes for the whole period of Judges and the united monarchy of David and Solomon. In fact, the authors argue that it is impossible to say much of anything about ancient Israel until the seventh century B.C., around the time of the reign of King Josiah. In that period, "the narrative of the Bible was uniquely suited to further the religious reform and territorial ambitions of Judah." Yet the authors deny that their arguments should be construed as compromising the Bible's power. Only in the 18th century--"when the Hebrew Bible began to be dissected and studied in isolation from its powerful function in community life"--did readers begin to view the Bible as a source of empirically verifiable history. For most of its life, the Bible has been what Finkelstein and Silberman reveal it once more to be: an eloquent expression of "the deeply rooted sense of shared origins, experiences, and destiny that every human community needs in order to survive," written in such a way as to encompass "the men, women, and children, the rich, the poor, and the destitute of an entire community." --Michael Joseph Gross -
Paperback: 400 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.92 x 8.46 x 5.54
Publisher: Touchstone Books; ;
ISBN: 0684869136

The Case for Israel
by Alan Dershowitz
Hardcover from John Wiley & Sons

Canaanite Myth and Hebrew Epic : Essays in the History of the Religion of Israel
by Frank Moore, Jr. Cross

Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings : The Reign-By-Reign Record of the Rulers of Ancient Israel

The Eve of Destruction : The Untold Story of the Yom Kippur War
by Howard Blum
Hardcover from HarperCollins
Fateful Triangle : The United States, Israel, and the Palestinians (South End Press Classics Series)
by Noam Chomsky, Edward W. Said

The Foods of Israel Today
by Joan Nathan

From Beirut to Jerusalem
From Beirut to Jerusalem
by Thomas L. Friedman
Book Description: From Beirut to Jerusalem, winner of the 1989 National Book Award for nonfiction, is the startling, intense and thought-provoking account of Thomas L. Friedman's decade of reporting in the strife-ridden Middle East.

Thomas L. Friedman has won two Pulitzer Prizes -- one for his reporting in Beirut and one for reporting in Jerusalem, the two cities at the center of the Arab-Israeli conflict. No two cities have received more headline coverage, nor been more hotly debated, and no reporter has covered them more in depth than Friedman. in his journey from Beirut to Jerusalem, Friedman gives us a panoramic view of both the political and personal conflicts.

As a reporter for UPI and The New York Times, he was stationed in Beirut from 1979 to 1984, and in Lebanon from 1984 to 1989. He describes with intense vividness the sometimes horrifying, sometimes wondrous cities, for which, he says, nothing in his life had prepared him.

Friedman brings alive his journey from Beirut to Jerusalem through anecdotes, history, analysis and self-examination -- and puts all the currents into perspective with inimitable detail, clarity and remarkable insight. This is a much-needed framework for understanding the psychology and politics of the Middle East, and for understanding the future of this unique region.
Paperback from Anchor

The Gun and the Olive Branch: The Roots of Violence in the Middle East
by David Hirst
Paperback from Thunder's Mouth Press

God's New Israel : Religious Interpretations of American Destiny

by Hala Jaber
Hardcover from Columbia University Press

A History of Israel : From the Rise of Zionism to Our Time
by Howard M. Sachar

How Israel Was Won: A Concise History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
by Baylis Thomas

The Invention of Ancient Israel : The Silencing of Palestinian History

The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World
by Avi Shlaim
Paperback from W.W. Norton & Company

Israel's Secret Wars : A History of Israel's Intelligence Services
by Ian Black, Benny Morris (Contributor)
Listed under Mossad

King David : The Real Life of the Man Who Ruled Israel
by Jonathan Kirsch

Israel in Egypt : The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Exodus Tradition
by James K. Hoffmeier
Book Description: Scholars of the Hebrew Bible have in the last decade begun to question the historical accuracy of the Israelite sojourn in Egypt, as described in the book of Exodus. The reason for the rejection of the exodus tradition is said to be the lack of historical and archaeological evidence in Egypt. Those advancing these claims, however, are not specialists in the study of Egyptian history, culture, and archaeology. In this pioneering book, James Hoffmeier examines the most current Egyptological evidence and argues that it supports the biblical record concerning Israel in Egypt. 
Paperback: 280 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.67 x 9.19 x 6.09
Publisher: Oxford University Press; (March )
ISBN: 019513088X

The Israelis : Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land
by Donna Rosenthal
Hardcover from Free Press

The Jewish State : The Struggle for Israel's Soul

Life in Biblical Israel (Library of Ancient Israel)
by Philip J. King, et al
(Hardcover -- January 16, )

A Little Too Close to God : The Thrills and Panic of a Life in Israel
by David Horovitz 
A Little Too Close to God is a candid, funny, passionate, and deeply personal portrait of present-day Israel. David Horovitz, an English journalist who emigrated to Israel in 1983, now faces the painful question of whether to stay in his chosen country, where, he writes, "I care about what's happening with a passion that simply doesn't apply anywhere else," or to raise his three children in a safer, saner place. Horovitz deftly weaves personal concerns with political analysis. He is a liberal and a committed supporter of peace with the Palestinians, but his book also accounts for the most convincing arguments against reconciliation--arguments conveyed lightly, through family anecdotes about his relationships with a brother-in-law in the West Bank and an Orthodox cousin. No one will finish A Little Too Close to God with any doubt about where Horovitz stands regarding Israeli politics, however. His book is, finally, a strong attack on the idea that Israel is invincible. He sees a great deal of violence and moral failure in his society (at one political rally: "I felt as if I were among wild animals, vicious, angry predators craving flesh and scenting blood."). He sees so much of this sort of thing that he cannot believe that Israel can afford to do anything but compromise. --Michael Joseph Gross -
Hardcover: 311 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.14 x 8.68 x 5.93
Publisher: Knopf; (May 2, )
ISBN: 0375403817

Israel, My Beloved

Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict
by Norman G. Finkelstein

Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel

Many Religions, One Covenant : Israel, the Church, and the World
by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Foreword by Scott Hahn
Paperback: 113 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.39 x 7.36 x 4.80
Publisher: Ignatius Press;
ISBN: 0898707536

Occupied Voices: Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada
Occupied Voices: Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada
by Wendy Pearlman, Laura Junka
Book Description: When the occupied territories exploded following the collapse of the Camp David talks and Ariel Sharon's inflammatory visit to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Wendy Pearlman, a young Jewish woman from Nebraska, immersed herself amongst ordinary Palestinians and, a la Studs Terkel, recorded their lives. A remarkable oral narrative emerges from the school principals, professors, TV reporters, school kids, mothers, doctors, engineers, filmmakers, shop owners, victims of shellings and forced house removals that spoke to her: "The personal stories and heartfelt reflections that I encountered did not expose a hatred of Jews or a yearning to push Israelis into the sea. Rather, they painted a portrait of a people who longed for precisely that which had inspired the first Israelis: the chance to be citizens in a country of their own." Containing over thirty searing oral testimonies, this is one of the first books to tell the Palestinian story from the point of view of Palestinians living in the occupied territories.
Paperback from Thunder's Mouth Press
by Joe Sacco, Edward Said
Paperback from Fantagraphics Books

Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict
by Charles D. Smith
Paperback from Bedford/St. Martin's
The Politics of Dispossession: The Struggle for Palestinian Self-Determination: 1969-1994
by Edward W. Said
Paperback from Vintage Books

The Rabin File: An Unauthorized Expose
by Uri Milstein, Aryeh Amit
Hardcover from Gefen Books

Reporting from Ramallah : An Israeli Journalist in an Occupied Land
by Amira Hass
Paperback from MIT Press


The Routledge Atlas of Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Complete History of the Struggle and the Efforts to Resolve It (Routledge Historical Atlases)
by Martin Gilbert
Paperback from Routledge
What Shall I Do with This People?: Jews and the Fractious Politics of Judaism
by Milton Viorst
Hardcover from Free Press

Israel at Fifty
by Dan Perry, Alfred Ironside, Shimon Peres (Introduction)
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