Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror
by Anonymous

Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror a 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.
Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East
Michael B. Oren

Six Days of War Michael 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.
The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain
Maria Rosa Menocal

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.

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