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Middle Eastern Memoirs: And Then All Hell Broke Loose by Richard Engel

At one time memoirs about life in the Middle East were a regular feature on my blog. Seems like every time I turned around I was reviewing some book in which the author recalled the time he/she… 333 more words

Area Studies/International Relations

Midnight's Furies by Nisid Hajari

When it comes to the world of nonfiction, I think every author wants to write a book that’s well-written, well-researched and filled with fascinating details. I’m sure many of those authors as they strive to incorporate as much detail as possible into their books have to make sure they don’t include too much information. 531 more words

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Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century

I’m probably not alone in assuming when people rebel against the establishment they’re usually thought of as progressives or modernizers. These individuals see the old order as being, well, old. 685 more words

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Syrian Dust: Reporting from the Heart of the War by Francesca Borri

What happened to me? How come I don’t read stuff on the Middle East anymore? Seems like not that long ago I was forever reviewing some book about  416 more words

Area Studies/International Relations

About Time I Read It: The Bridge at Andau by James Michener

After a failed popular uprising against an oppressive regime, nightly newscasts and newspaper articles tell of 200,000 refugees flooding across borders and nearly overwhelming Europe’s ability to care for and house the desperate masses. 511 more words

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Pan-European Lives: Jabotinsky and Limonov

A Jewish novelist puts his successful literary career behind him to lead a Zionist movement that almost a hundred years later still influences Israeli politics. A Russian dissident, after allowed to leave the USSR and spending half a decade in New York City living as a vagrant, sexual libertine and finally butler to the rich and glamorous moves to Paris where he flourishes as a radical chic journalist. 617 more words

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