Best Middle Eastern Politics Books
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1. The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice
Author: by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Published at: Penguin Press (February 16, 2021)
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe extraordinary story of the women who took on the Islamic State and won”The Daughters of Kobani is an unforgettable and nearly mythic tale of women’s power and courage. The young women profiled in this book fought a fearsome war against brutal men in impossible circumstances-and proved in the process what girls and women can accomplish when given the chance to lead.
Brilliantly researched and respectfully reported, this book is a lesson in heroism, sacrifice, and the real meaning of sisterhood. I am so grateful that this story has been told.”Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic and Eat, Pray, Love”Absolutely fascinating and brilliantly written, The Daughters of Kobani is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand both the nobility and the brutality of war.
This is one of the most compelling stories in modern warfare.”Admiral William H. McRaven, author of Make Your BedIn 2014, northeastern Syria might have been the last place you would expect to find a revolution centered on women’s rights. But that year, an all-female militia faced off against ISIS in a little town few had ever heard of: Kobani.
2. Prey: Immigration, Islam, and the Erosion of Women's Rights
Author: by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Published at: Harper (February 9, 2021)
Why are so few people talking about the eruption of sexual violence and harassment in Europe’s cities? No one in a position of power wants to admit that the problem is linked to the arrival of several million migrantsmost of them young menfrom Muslim-majority countries.
In Prey, the best-selling author of Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, presents startling statistics, criminal cases and personal testimony. Among these facts: In 2014, sexual violence in Western Europe surged following a period of stability. In 2018 Germany, offences against sexual self-determination rose 36 percent from their 2014 rate; nearly two-fifths of the suspects were non-German.
In Austria in 2017, asylum-seekers were suspects in 11 percent of all reported rapes and sexual harassment cases, despite making up less than 1 percent of the total population. This violence isn’t a figment of alt-right propaganda, Hirsi Ali insists, even if neo-Nazis exaggerate it.
It’s a real problem that Europeand the worldcannot continue to ignore. She explains why so many young Muslim men who arrive in Europe engage in sexual harassment and violence, tracing the roots of sexual violence in the Muslim world from institutionalized polygamy to the lack of legal and religious protections for women.
3. Only Cry for the Living: Memos From Inside the ISIS Battlefield – Foreword by Jocko Willink!
Author: by Hollie S. McKay
Published at: Jocko Publishing and Di Angelo Publications; First edition (March 30, 2021)
THE CHILLING, MUST-READ DEBUT BY AWARD-WINNING WAR CRIMES INVESTIGATOR HOLLIE S. MCKAY FROM JOCKO PUBLISHING AND DI ANGELO PUBLICATIONS! Only once in a lifetime does a war so brutal erupt. A war that becomes an official genocide, causes millions to run from their homes, compels the slaughtering of thousands in the most horrific of ways, and inspires terrorist attacks to transpire across the world.
That is the chilling legacy of the ISIS onslaught, and Only Cry for the Living takes a profoundly personal, unprecedented dive into one of the most brutal terrorist organizations in the world. Journalist Hollie S. McKay offers a raw, on-the-ground journey chronicling the rise of ISIS in Iraq exposing the group’s vast impact and how and why it sought to wage terror on civilians in a desperate attempt to create an antiquated caliphate.
The book, constructed chronologically through memos, captures the historical impact of ISIS across Iraq and Syria, as seen through the eyes of sex slave survivors, internally displaced people, persecuted minorities, humanitarian workers, religious leaders, military commanders, and even the terrorists themselves.
4. Except for Palestine: The Limits of Progressive Politics
Author: by Marc Lamont Hill
Published at: The New Press (February 16, 2021)
A bold call for the American Left to extend their politics to the issues of Israel-Palestine, from a New York Times bestselling author and experts on U.S. Policy in the region In this major work of daring criticism and analysis, scholar and political commentator Marc Lamont Hill and Israel-Palestine expert Mitchell Plitnick spotlight how holding fast to one-sided and unwaveringly pro-Israel policies reflects the truth-bending grip of authoritarianism on both Israel and the United States.
Except for Palestine deftly argues that progressives and liberals who oppose regressive policies on immigration, racial justice, gender equality, LGBTQ rights, and other issues must extend these core principles to the oppression of Palestinians. In doing so, the authors take seriously the political concerns and well-being of both Israelis and Palestinians, demonstrating the extent to which U.S.
Policy has made peace harder to attain. They also unravel the conflation of advocacy for Palestinian rights with anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel. Hill and Plitnick provide a timely and essential intervention by examining multiple dimensions of the Israeli-Palestinian conversation, including Israel’s growing disdain for democracy, the effects of occupation on Palestine, the siege of Gaza, diminishing American funding for Palestinian relief, and the campaign to stigmatize any critique of Israeli occupation.
5. Red Line: The Unraveling of Syria and America's Race to Destroy the Most Dangerous Arsenal in the World
Author: by Joby Warrick
Published at: Doubleday (February 23, 2021)
From the Pulitzer Prizewinning author of Black Flags, the thrilling unknown story of America’s mission in Syria: to find and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons and keep them out of the hands of the Islamic State In August 2012, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was clinging to power in a vicious civil war.
When secret intelligence revealed that the dictator might resort to using chemical weapons, President Obama warned that doing so would cross a red line. Assad did it anyway, bombing the Damascus suburb of Ghouta with sarin gas, killing hundreds of civilians and forcing Obama to decide if he would mire America in another unpopular Middle Eastern war.
When Russia offered to broker the removal of Syria’s chemical weapons, Obama leapt at the out. So begins an electrifying race to find, remove, and destroy 1,300 tons of chemical weapons in the midst of a raging civil war. The extraordinary little-known effort is a triumph for the Americans, but soon Russia’s long game becomes clear: it will do anything to preserve Assad’s rule.
6. Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World (Politics of Place)
Author: by Tim Marshall
Published at: Scribner Book Company; 1st edition (October 1, 2016)
In this New York Times bestseller, an award-winning journalist uses ten maps of crucial regions to explain the geo-political strategies of the world powersfans of geography, history, and politics (and maps) will be enthralled (Fort Worth Star-Telegram). Maps have a mysterious hold over us.
Whether ancient, crumbling parchments or generated by Google, maps tell us things we want to know, not only about our current location or where we are going but about the world in general. And yet, when it comes to geo-politics, much of what we are told is generated by analysts and other experts who have neglected to refer to a map of the place in question.
All leaders of nations are constrained by geography. In one of the best books about geopolitics (The Evening Standard), now updated to include 2016 geopolitical developments, journalist Tim Marshall examines Russia, China, the US, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Japan, Korea, and Greenland and the Arctictheir weather, seas, mountains, rivers, deserts, and bordersto provide a context often missing from our political reportage: how the physical characteristics of these countries affect their strengths and vulnerabilities and the decisions made by their leaders.
7. Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement
Author: by Angela Y. Davis
Published at: Haymarket Books; 4TH PRINTING edition (February 9, 2016)
In these newly collected essays, interviews, and speeches, world-renowned activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis illuminates the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world. Reflecting on the importance of black feminism, intersectionality, and prison abolitionism for today’s struggles, Davis discusses the legacies of previous liberation struggles, from the Black Freedom Movement to the South African anti-Apartheid movement.
She highlights connections and analyzes today’s struggles against state terror, from Ferguson to Palestine. Facing a world of outrageous injustice, Davis challenges us to imagine and build the movement for human liberation. And in doing so, she reminds us that “Freedom is a constant struggle.”Angela Y.
Davis is a political activist, scholar, author, and speaker. She is an outspoken advocate for the oppressed and exploited, writing on Black liberation, prison abolition, the intersections of race, gender, and class, and international solidarity with Palestine. She is the author of several books, including Women, Race, and Class and Are Prisons Obsolete?
8. America and Iran: A History, 1720 to the Present
Author: by John Ghazvinian
Published at: Knopf (January 26, 2021)
An important, urgently needed book-a hugely ambitious, illuminating portrait of the two-centuries-long entwined histories of Iran and America, and the first book to examine, in all its aspects, the rich and fraught relations between these two powers-once allies, now adversaries.
By an admired historian and the author of Untapped: The Scramble for Africa’s Oil (“he would do Graham Greene proud”-Kirkus Reviews). In this rich, fascinating history, John Ghazvinian traces the complex story of the relations of these two powers back to the Persian Empire of the eighteenth century-the subject of great admiration of Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy Adams-and an America seen by Iranians as an ideal to emulate for their own government.
Drawing on years of archival research both in the United States and Iran-including access to Iranian government archives rarely available to Western scholars-the Iranian-born, Oxford-educated historian leads us through the four seasons of U.S. Iran relations: the “spring” of mutual fascination; the “summer” of early interactions; the “autumn” of close strategic ties; and the long, dark “winter” of mutual hatred.
9. Eagle Down: The Last Special Forces Fighting the Forever War
Author: by Jessica Donati
Published at: PublicAffairs (January 19, 2021)
A Wall Street Journal national security reporter takes readers into the lives of U.S. Special Forces on the front lines against the Taliban and Islamic State, where a new and covert war is keeping Afghanistan from collapse. Powerful, important, and searing.” General David Petraeus, U.S.Army (ret., former commander, U.S.
Central Command, former CIA director In 2015, the White House claimed triumphantly that the longest war in American history was over. But for some, it was just the beginning of a new war, fought by Special Operations Forces, with limited resources, little governmental oversight, and contradictory orders.
With big picture insight and on-the-ground grit, Jessica Donati shares the stories of the impossible choices these soldiers must make. After the fall of a major city to the Taliban that year, Hutch, a battle-worn Green Beret on his fifth combat tour was ordered on a secret mission to recapture it and inadvertently called in an airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital, killing dozens.
10. The Spymaster of Baghdad: A True Story of Bravery, Family, and Patriotism in the Battle against ISIS
Author: by Margaret Coker
Published at: Dey Street Books (February 23, 2021)
From the former New York Times bureau chief in Baghdad comes the gripping and heroic story of an elite, top-secret team of unlikely spies who triumphed over ISIS. The Spymaster of Baghdad tells the dramatic yet intimate account of how a covert Iraqi intelligence unit called the Falcons came together against all odds to defeat ISIS.
The Falcons, comprised of ordinary men with little conventional espionage background, infiltrated the world’s most powerful terrorist organization, ultimately turning the tide of war against the terrorist group and bringing safety to millions of Iraqis and the broader world. Centered around the relationship between two brothers, Harith al-Sudani, a rudderless college dropout who was recruited to the Falcons by his all-star younger brother Munaf, and their eponymous unit commander Abu Ali, The Spymaster of Baghdad follows their emotional journey as Harith volunteers for the most dangerous mission imaginable.
With piercing lyricism and thrilling prose, Coker’s deeply-reported account interweaves heartfelt portraits of these and other unforgettable characters as they navigate the streets of war-torn Baghdad and perform heroic feats of cunning and courage. The Falcons’ path crosses with that of Abrar, a young, radicalized university student who, after being snubbed by the head of the Islamic State’s chemical weapons program, plots her own attack.
Author: by Edward W. Said
Published at: Vintage; 1st Vintage Books ed edition (October 12, 1979)
More than three decades after its first publication, Edward Said’s groundbreaking critique of the West’s historical, cultural, and political perceptions of the East has become a modern classic. In this wide-ranging, intellectually vigorous study, Said traces the origins of “orientalism” to the centuries-long period during which Europe dominated the Middle and Near East and, from its position of power, defined “the orient” simply as “other than” the occident.
This entrenched view continues to dominate western ideas and, because it does not allow the East to represent itself, prevents true understanding. Essential, and still eye-opening, Orientalism remains one of the most important books written about our divided world.
12. The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
Author: by Naomi Klein
Published at: Picador; 1st edition (June 24, 2008)
In this groundbreaking alternative history of the most dominant ideology of our time, Milton Friedman’s free-market economic revolution, Naomi Klein challenges the popular myth of this movement’s peaceful global victory. From Chile in 1973 to Iraq today, Klein shows how Friedman and his followers have repeatedly harnessed terrible shocks and violence to implement their radical policies.
As John Gray wrote in The Guardian, “There are very few books that really help us understand the present. The Shock Doctrine is one of those books.”
13. The War for America's Soul
Author: by Sebastian Gorka
Published at: Regnery Publishing (October 8, 2019)
Take it from someone who has been on the inside, who understands the fight we are currently in, and who knows what must be done to save our country. Dr. Sebastian Gorka’s latest book, The War for America’s Soul, leverages the former White House strategist’s expertise, driven by his determination to preserve what made America great in the first place.
MARK LEVINOur country is at war with itself. On one side are American patriots, dedicated to freedom under the Constitution; on the other side are leftists campaigning not just to win elections, but to radically transform the nation. In this political war for the soul of our country, America’s patriots need a strategist with a blueprint for victory.
Luckily, we have such a man in Dr. Sebastian Gorkaa former strategist for President Trump and now a nationally syndicated radio host and a fearless culture warrior. In his essential new book, The War for America’s Soul, Dr. Gorka shows how America’s elitein both partiesbetrayed our heartland, sabotaged the American dream, and accepted national decline as inevitable.
What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don't, Fourth Edition: A Nonpartisan Guide to the Issues That Matter
Author: by Jessamyn Conrad
Published at: Arcade; 4th ed. edition (January 21, 2020)
Engaging and inspiring … Reading this book should make you want to vote. Barack Obama In a world of sound bites, deliberate misinformation, and a political scene colored by the blue versus red partisan divide, how does the average educated American find a reliable source that’s free of political spin?
What You Should Know About Politics … But Don’t breaks it all down, issue by issue, explaining who stands for what, and whywhether it’s the economy, income inequality, Obamacare, foreign policy, education, immigration, or climate change. If you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or somewhere in between, it’s the perfect book to brush up on a single topic or read through to get a deeper understanding of the often murky world of American politics.
This is an essential volume for understanding the background to the 2020 presidential election. But it is also a book that transcends the season. It’s truly for anyone who wants to know more about the perennial issues that will continue to affect our everyday lives.
15. Blood and Oil: Mohammed bin Salman's Ruthless Quest for Global Power
Author: by Bradley Hope
Published at: Hachette Books; Illustrated edition (September 1, 2020)
Named a Best Book of 2020 by Fortune, Wired, and Kirkus Reviews*From award-winning Wall Street Journal reporters Justin Scheck & Bradley Hope (coauthor of Billion Dollar Whale), this revelatory look at the world’s most powerful ruling family reveals how a rift within Saudi Arabian royalty produced Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a charismatic leader with a ruthless streak.
Longlisted for the Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award* 35-year-old Mohammed bin Salman’s sudden rise stunned the world. Political and business leaders such as former UK prime minister Tony Blair and WME chairman Ari Emanuel flew out to meet with the crown prince and came away convinced that his desire to reform the kingdom was sincere.
He spoke passionately about bringing women into the workforce and toning down Saudi Arabia’s restrictive Islamic law. He lifted the ban on women driving and explored investments in Silicon Valley. But MBS began to betray an erratic interior beneath the polish laid on by scores of consultants and public relations experts like McKinsey & Company.