In Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terrora senior US intelligence official is about to publish a bitter condemnation of
America's counter-terrorism policy, arguing that the west is losing the war against al-Qaida and
that an "avaricious, premeditated, unprovoked" war in Iraq has played into Osama bin Laden's hands.
In Six Days of WarMichael Oren recasts one of the most dramatic events
of the last century, Israel's stunning and improbable victory over the
combined armies of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan in June, 1967.
Drawing on declassified material from the United States and Israel, as
well as newly discovered documents from the Soviet Union, Jordan, and
Syria, Oren sets the conflict in context by closely examining the chain
of events leading up to the war, and considering implications of the
war's aftermath. Extremely well-written and comprehensive, anyone looking
to better understand today's headlines will find much of value in this
volume. Highly recommended.
In stark contrast to the headlines blaring
from the Middle East these days, María Rosa Menocal shows how Muslims,
Jews, and Christians coexisted in peace for over 700 years. The Ornament of the World tells of a time and place--from 786 to 1492, in
Andalucía, Spain--that is largely and unjustly overshadowed in most
historical chronicles. It was an era during which three cultures--Judaic,
Islamic, and Christian--forged a relatively stable (although occasionally
contentious) coexistence.... Menocal's history is one of palatine cities,
of philosophers, of poets whose work inspired Chaucer and Boccaccio, of
weeping fountains, breezy courtyards, and a long-running tolerance
'profoundly rooted in the cultivation of the complexities, charms, and
challenges of contradictions,' which ended with the repression of
Judaism and Islam the same year Columbus sailed to the New World.