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New Winter 2010 Barefoot in Baghdad: A Story of Identity—My Own and What it Means to Be a Woman in Chaos by Manal M. Omar, Sourcebooks, 2010, paperback, 244 pp. List: $15; AET: $12.50. From 2003 to 2005, the author directed Women for Women International’s mission in Iraq. Barefoot in Baghdad chronicles her experience within the intimate personal and familial spaces in Iraqi society, as she worked with women facing the chaos of war. She also outlines the ever-escalating risk facing aid workers, and tensions between American forces and nongovernmental organizations.

Crescent and Dove: Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam by Qumar-ul Huda, USIP Books, 2010, paperback, 319 pp. List: $19.95; AET: $17. This groundbreaking book examines the relationship between contemporary Islam and peacemaking by tackling the diverse interpretations, concepts and problems in the field of Islamic peacemaking. Exploring Islamic law, history and theory, Huda offers possibilities for nonviolent interventions, peacemaking, the implementation of human rights, the reinterpretation of texts, peace education instruction, and employing successful mediation, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills in an Islamic context.

Eclipse of the Sunnis: Power, Exile, and Upheaval in the Middle East by Deborah Amos, Public Affairs Press, 2010, hardcover, 256 pp. List: $25.95; AET: $19.50. In this well-researched and highly readable account, NPR reporter Deborah Amos clarifies the complexities of ethnic conflict in Iraq, including the challenges created by mass resettlement and exile. In Damascus, Amman and Beirut, Amos speaks to former members of the Ba’ath party, ordinary Sunnis, Christian Iraqis and others forced to flee from Shi’i militias or the general chaos of their country. Their narratives illuminate the destruction of a vibrant culture and the ongoing trauma faced by the dispossessed and displaced.

Failing Peace: Gaza and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict by Sara Roy, Pluto Press, 2007, paperback, 379 pp. List: $31; AET: $25. The culmination of 20 years of research, fieldwork and analysis, Failing Peace chronicles the impact of Israeli occupation in Palestine over nearly a generation. This is a unique and powerful account of the reality of life in the West Bank and Gaza written by one of the world’s foremost scholars of the region, offering an unrivaled breadth of scholarship and insight.

Aftermath: Following the Bloodshed of America’s Wars in the Muslim World by Nir Rosen, Nation Books, 2010, hardcover, 587 pp. List: $35; AET: $23. Scholar and journalist Nir Rosen skillfully pokes holes in the common narratives about U.S. wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Venturing where most Western journalists could not, Rosen shows that American action, not latent sectarian grievances, sparked the civil war that engulfed Iraq after the 2003 invasion. Moreover, Rosen argues, the cleansing did not stop with the advent of the surge, but had more to do with Sunni recognition that the Shi’i had largely won the conflict.

Arab Voices: What They are Saying to Us and Why it Matters by James Zogby, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, hardcover, 248 pp. List: $25; AET: $20. After decades of personally trying to better explain the Arab world to his fellow Americans, James Zogby has written Arab Voices as an answer to the myths and misperceptions that persist. Starting with more than a decade’s worth of polling data collected by Zogby International (run by the author’s brother John), thousands of interviews and personal anecdotes, Zogby draws a much clearer picture of why U.S. attempts to win Arab hearts and minds often fail. His book concludes with steps that govenments could and should take to mitigate misunderstandings. Zogby’s book should be required reading for every American—let alone the 65 percent who believe that Iran is an Arab country.

Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East by Reza Aslan (ed.), W.W. Norton & Co., 2010, hardcover, 657 pp. List: $35; AET: $21. The scholar and bestselling author of No God but God has assembled a collection of extraordinary short stories, memoirs, essays and poems, from places as diverse as Morocco and Iran, Turkey and Pakistan. The collection spans more than a century of literature by the Middle East’s best writers, from Khalil Gibran to Orhan Pamuk. Tablet & Pen pulls together seemingly disparate literary traditions to reveal the common experience of colonial rule and Western dominance and correct the absence of important literary works from the world canon.

America’s Misadventures in the Middle East by Chas W. Freeman Jr., Just World Books, 2010, paperback, 230 pp. AET: $22.95. A collection of new and unpublished essays from one of America’s preeminent diplomats. With wisdom and wit, Ambassador Freeman covers such topics as the Gulf war, President George W. Bush’s disastrous decision to invade Iraq, U.S.-Saudi relations, and the consequences of Washington’s failure to hold Israel accountable. AET Exclusive: The first five copies sold will be signed by the author!

AET exclusive: The first 10 copies sold will be signed by the author!

Inside The Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia by Robert Lacey, Viking Press, hardcover, 2009, 404 pp. List: $27.95, AET: $18.50. Three decades after writing The Kingdom, the famed historian and bestselling author returns to Saudi Arabia. Based on hundreds of personal interviews with princes and paupers while living there, Inside the Kingdom explores the last turbulent three decades of Saudi experience. While Lacey believes the Kingdom is becoming more tolerant, he documents the paradoxical nature of a state in which the House of Saud attempts to supress violent fundamentalists while its legitimacy relies on a religious structure that tends toward extremism. AET exclusive: the first three copies sold will be signed by the author!

Deadline for Holiday Gift Orders Books from the AET Book Club Catalog or subscriptions to the Washington Report make ideal holiday gifts. To ensure delivery of books or magazines to addresses within the U.S. and Canada by Thursday, Dec. 23, telephone orders must be placed and mail and Web orders received no later than Thursday, Dec. 9 by 6 p.m. EST. 68

THE WASHINGTON REPORT ON MIDDLE EAST AFFAIRS

DECEMBER 2010

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs  

Published to help provide the American public with balanced and accurate information concerning U.S. relations with Middle Eastern states.