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In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire
4.7 out of 5 stars with 110 reviews
The evolution of the Arab empire is one of the supreme narratives of ancient history, a story dazzlingly rich in drama, character, and achievement. In this exciting and sweeping history - the third in his trilogy of books on the ancient world - Tom Holland describes how the Arabs emerged to carve out a stupefyingly vast dominion in a matter of decades, overcoming seemingly insuperable odds to create an imperial civilization.
With profound bearing on the most consequential events of our time,
Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East
By Blackstone Audio, Inc.
4.7 out of 5 stars with 63 reviews
A thrilling and revelatory narrative of one of the most epic and consequential periods in 20th-century history: the Arab Revolt and the secret game to control the Middle East.
The Arab revolt against the Turks in World War I was, in the words of T. E. Lawrence, ''a sideshow of a sideshow''. As a result, the conflict was shaped to a remarkable degree by a small handful of adventurers and low-level officers far removed from the corridors of power. Curt Prüfer was an academic attached to the
The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals That Reshaped the Middle East
4.5 out of 5 stars with 134 reviews
From the Wall Street Journal reporter who's been breaking news on the historic and potentially disastrous Iran nuclear deal comes a deeply reported exploration of the country's decades-long power struggle with the United States - for listeners of Steve Coll's Ghost Wars and Lawrence Wright's The Looming Tower
For more than a decade, the United States has been engaged in a war with Iran as momentous as any other in the Middle East - a war all the more significant as it has largely been hidden
Bus on Jaffa Road: A Story of Middle East Terrorism and the Search for Justice
4.6 out of 5 stars with 55 reviews
As the morning sunlight crept over the limestone walls of Jerusalem's old city, two young Americans flagged down a bus and got on. It was 6:45 a.m., February 25, 1996 - an otherwise ordinary Sunday in Israel. Sara Duker and Matthew Eisenfeld settled into their seats as the door closed on Jerusalem's Number 18 bus which would take them across the spine of this ancient city of hills.
On this day, they had risen earlier than normal in the hope of touring an archaeological site. After a few more