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Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott

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English

Pages

503

Publication Date

November 14, 2019

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Meg is the eldest and on the brink of love. Then there鈥檚 tomboy Jo who longs to be a writer. Sweet-natured Beth always puts others first, and finally there鈥檚 Amy, the youngest and most precocious. Together they are the March sisters. Even though money is short, times are tough and their father is away at war, their infectious sense of fun sweeps everyone up in their adventures 鈥?including Laurie, the boy next door. And through sisterly squabbles, their happy times and sad ones too, the sisters discover that growing up is sometimes very hard to do.<br />Based on Louisa May Alcott鈥檚 childhood, this lively portrait of nineteenth-century family life possesses a lasting vitality that has endeared it to generations of readers.<br /><br />A wonderful story... As a child, I strongly identified with Jo because she is a writer. 鈥擩acqueline Wilson<br />The American female myth. 鈥擬adelon Bedell<br />It is an essential American novel, perhaps the essential American novel for girls鈥?Girls come to it on their own. 鈥擩ane Smiley<br />In 鈥淟ittle Women鈥? Alcott anticipated realism by twenty or thirty years. 鈥擥. K. Chesterton
The Great Siege, Malta 1565: Clash of Cultures: Christian Knights...
by Ernle Bradford

Language

English

Pages

262

Publication Date

April 01, 2014

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<b>The indispensable account of the Ottoman Empire鈥檚 Siege of Malta from the author of <i>Hannibal</i> and <i>Gibraltar</i>.</b><br /><br /> In the first half of the sixteenth century, the Ottoman Empire was thought to be invincible. Suleiman the Magnificent, the Ottoman sultan, had expanded his empire from western Asia to southeastern Europe and North Africa. To secure control of the Mediterranean between these territories and launch an offensive into western Europe, Suleiman needed the small but strategically crucial island of Malta. But Suleiman鈥檚 attempt to take the island from the Holy Roman Empire鈥檚 Knights of St. John would emerge as one of the most famous and brutal military defeats in history.<br /><br /> Forty-two years earlier, Suleiman had been victorious against the Knights of St. John when he drove them out of their island fortress at Rhodes. Believing he would repeat this victory, the sultan sent an armada to Malta. When they captured Fort St. Elmo, the Ottoman forces ruthlessly took no prisoners. The Roman grand master La Vallette responded by having his Ottoman captives beheaded. Then the battle for Malta began in earnest: no quarter asked, none given.<br /><br /> Ernle Bradford鈥檚 compelling and thoroughly researched account of the Great Siege of Malta recalls not just an epic battle, but a clash of civilizations unlike anything since the time of Alexander the Great. It is 鈥渁 superior, readable treatment of an important but little-discussed epic from the Renaissance past .聽.聽. An astonishing tale鈥?(<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>).
The Palestinian Delusion: The Catastrophic History of the Middle ...
by Robert Spencer

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English

Pages

210

Publication Date

December 03, 2019

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<b>Every negotiated settlement between the State of Israel and its Palestinian adversaries has failed to establish a stable and lasting peace. This is the history of what was attempted, why those failures were inevitable, and what must be done instead. </b><br /><br />Every new American President has a plan to bring about peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and every one fails. <br /><br />Every 鈥減eace process鈥?has failed in its primary objective: to establish a stable and lasting accord between the two parties, such that they can live together side-by-side in friendship rather than enmity. <br /><br />But why? And what can be done instead?<br /><br />While this failure is a consistent pattern stretching back decades, there is virtually no public discussion or even basic understanding of the primary reason for this failure. <br /><br /><i>The Palestinian Delusion</i> is unique in situating the Israeli/Palestinian conflict within the context of the global jihad that has found renewed impetus in the latter portion of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first. Briskly recounting the tumultuous history of the 鈥減eace process,鈥?Robert Spencer demonstrates that the determination of diplomats, policymakers, and negotiators to ignore this aspect of the conflict has led the Israelis, the Palestinians, and the world down numerous blind alleys. This has often only exacerbated, rather than healed, this conflict. <br /><br /><i>The Palestinian Delusion</i> offers a general overview of the Zionist settlement of Palestine, the establishment of the State of Israel, and the Arab Muslim reaction to these events. It explores the dramatic and little-known history of the various peace efforts鈥攕howing how and why they invariably broke down or failed to be implemented fully. <i>The Palestinian Delusion</i> also provides shocking evidence from the Palestinian media, as well as statements from the Palestinian leadership, showing that negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians will <i>never</i> work.<br /><br />But there is still cause for hope. Spencer delineates a realistic, viable alternative to the endless and futile 鈥減eace process,鈥?that shows how the Jewish State and the Palestinian Arabs can truly coexist in peace鈥攚ithout illusions or unrealistic expectations.
Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service
by , Nissim Mishal

Language

English

Pages

421

Publication Date

November 06, 2012

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<p>For decades, Israel's renowned security arm, the Mossad, has been widely recognized as the best intelligence service in the world. In <em>Mossad</em>, authors Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal take us behind the closed curtain with riveting, eye-opening, boots-on-the-ground accounts of the most dangerous, most crucial missions in the agency's 60-year history. These are real <em>Mission: Impossible</em> true stories brimming with high-octane action鈥攆rom the breathtaking capture of Nazi executioner Adolph Eichmann to the recent elimination of key Iranian nuclear scientists. Anyone who is fascinated by the world of international espionage, intelligence, and covert "Black-Ops" warfare will find <em>Mossad</em> electrifying reading.</p><p>"This book tells what should have been known and isn't鈥攖hat Israel's hidden force is as formidable as its recognized physical strength."<br />鈥?Israeli President Shimon Peres </p>
And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East
by Richard Engel

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English

Pages

257

Publication Date

February 09, 2016

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<b>A major <i>New York Times</i> bestseller by NBC鈥檚 Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel鈥攖his riveting story of the Middle East revolutions, the Arab Spring, war, and terrorism seen close up 鈥渟hould be required reading鈥?(<i>Booklist</i>, starred review).</b><br /><br />In 1997, young Richard Engel, working freelance for Arab news sources, got a call that a busload of Italian tourists was massacred at a Cairo museum. This is his first view of the carnage these years would pile on. Over two decades he has been under fire, blown out of hotel beds, and taken hostage. He has watched Mubarak and Morsi in Egypt arrested and condemned, reported from Jerusalem, been through the Lebanese war, covered the shooting match in Iraq and the Libyan rebels who toppled Gaddafi, reported from Syria as Al-Qaeda stepped in, and was kidnapped in the Syrian cross currents of fighting. Engel takes the reader into Afghanistan with the Taliban and to Iraq with ISIS. In the page-turning <i>And Then All Hell Broke Loose</i>, he shares his 鈥渜uick-paced...thrilling adventure story鈥?(Associated Press).<br /> <br />Engel takes chances, though not reckless ones, keeps a level head and a sense of humor, as well as a grasp of history in the making. Reporting as NBC鈥檚 Chief-Foreign Correspondent, he reveals his unparalleled access to the major figures, the gritty soldiers, and the helpless victims in the Middle East during this watershed time. His vivid story is 鈥渁 nerve-racking...and informative portrait of a troubled region鈥?(<i>Kansas City Star</i>) that shows the splintering of the nation states previously cobbled together by the victors of World War I. 鈥淓ngel鈥檚 harrowing adventures make for gripping reading鈥?(<i>The New York Times</i>) and his unforgettable view of the suffering and despair of the local populations offers a succinct and authoritative account of our ever-changing world.
The Richest Man in Babylon
by George S. Clason

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English

Pages

105

Publication Date

November 18, 2019

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Beloved by millions, this timeless classic holds the key to all you desire and everything you wish to accomplish. This is the book that reveals the secret to personal wealth. <br /><br />Countless readers have been helped by the famous 鈥淏abylonian parables,鈥?hailed as the greatest of all inspirational works on the subject of thrift, financial planning, and personal wealth. In language as simple as that found in the Bible, these fascinating and informative stories set you on a sure path to prosperity and its accompanying joys. <br /><br />Acclaimed as a modern-day classic, this celebrated bestseller offers an understanding of 鈥?and a solution to 鈥?your personal financial problems that will guide you through a lifetime. This is the book that holds the secrets to keeping your money 鈥?and making more. <br /><br />The Richest Man in Babylon: Read it and recommend it to loved ones鈥攁nd get on the road to riches.<br /><br />George S. Clason was born in Louisiana, Missouri, on November 7, 1874. He attended the University of Nebraska and served in the United States Army during the Spanish- American War. Beginning a long career in publishing, he founded the Clason Map Company of Denver, Colorado, and published the first road atlas of the United States and Canada. In 1926, he issued the first of a famous series of pamphlets on thrift and financial success, using parables set in ancient Babylon to make each of his points. These were distributed in large quantities by banks and insurance companies and became familiar to millions, the most famous being "The Richest Man in Babylon," the parable from which the present volume takes its title.
Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands
by Dan Jones

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English

Pages

464

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<b>A major new history of the Crusades with an unprecedented wide scope, told in a tableau of portraits of people on all sides of the wars, from the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>The Templars</i>.</b><br /><br />For more than one thousand years, Christians and Muslims lived side by side, sometimes at peace and sometimes at war. When Christian armies seized Jerusalem in 1099, they began the most notorious period of conflict between the two religions. Depending on who you ask, the fall of the holy city was either an inspiring legend or the greatest of horrors. In <i>Crusaders</i>, Dan Jones interrogates the many sides of the larger story, charting a deeply human and avowedly pluralist path through the crusading era.<br /><br />Expanding the usual timeframe, Jones looks to the roots of Christian-Muslim relations in the eighth century and tracks the influence of crusading to present day. He widens the geographical focus to far-flung regions home to so-called enemies of the Church, including Spain, North Africa, southern France, and the Baltic states. By telling intimate stories of individual journeys, Jones illuminates these centuries of war not only from the perspective of popes and kings, but from Arab-Sicilian poets, Byzantine princesses, Sunni scholars, Shi'ite viziers, Mamluk slave soldiers, Mongol chieftains, and barefoot friars. <br /><br />Crusading remains a rallying call to this day, but its role in the popular imagination ignores the cooperation and complicated coexistence that were just as much a feature of the period as warfare. The age-old relationships between faith, conquest, wealth, power, and trade meant that crusading was not only about fighting for the glory of God, but also, among other earthly reasons, about gold. In this richly dramatic narrative that gives voice to sources usually pushed to the margins, Dan Jones has written an authoritative survey of the holy wars with global scope and human focus.
Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assa...
by Ronen Bergman

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English

Pages

737

Publication Date

January 30, 2018

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER 鈥⒙燭he first definitive history of the Mossad, Shin Bet, and the IDF鈥檚 targeted killing programs,<b> hailed by聽<i>The New York Times聽</i>as聽鈥渁n exceptional work, a humane book about an incendiary subject.鈥?lt;/b></b><br /><br /><b>WINNER OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD IN HISTORY</b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY聽JENNIFER SZALAI,聽<i>THE NEW YORK TIMES聽</i></b><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY聽<i>The Economist聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>The New York Times Book Review聽</i>鈥?<i>BBC History Magazine聽</i>鈥?<i>Mother Jones聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Kirkus Reviews</i></b><br /><br /> The Talmud says: 鈥淚f someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first.鈥?This instinct to take every measure, even the most aggressive, to defend the Jewish people is hardwired into Israel鈥檚 DNA. From the very beginning of its statehood in 1948, protecting the nation from harm has been the responsibility of its intelligence community and armed services, and there is one weapon in their vast arsenal that they have relied upon to thwart the most serious threats: Targeted assassinations have been used countless times, on enemies large and small, sometimes in response to attacks against the Israeli people and sometimes preemptively.<br /><br />In this page-turning, eye-opening book, journalist and military analyst Ronen Bergman鈥攑raised by David Remnick as聽鈥渁rguably [Israel鈥檚] best investigative reporter鈥濃€攐ffers a riveting inside account of the targeted killing programs: their successes, their failures, and the moral and political price exacted on the men and women who approved and carried out the missions.<br /><br /> Bergman has gained the exceedingly rare cooperation of many current and former members of the Israeli government, including Prime Ministers Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak, Ariel Sharon, and Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as high-level figures in the country鈥檚 military and intelligence services: the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), the Mossad (the world鈥檚 most feared intelligence agency), Caesarea (a 鈥淢ossad within the Mossad鈥?that carries out attacks on the highest-value targets), and the Shin Bet (an internal security service that implemented the largest targeted assassination campaign ever, in order to stop what had once appeared to be unstoppable: suicide terrorism).<br /><br /> Including never-before-reported, behind-the-curtain accounts of key operations, and based on hundreds of on-the-record interviews and thousands of files to which Bergman has gotten exclusive access over his decades of reporting, <i>Rise and Kill First</i> brings us deep into the heart of Israel鈥檚 most secret activities. Bergman traces, from statehood to the present, the gripping events and thorny ethical questions underlying Israel鈥檚 targeted killing campaign, which has shaped the Israeli nation, the Middle East, and the entire world.<br /><br /><b>鈥淎 remarkable feat of fearless and responsible reporting . . . important, timely, and informative.鈥濃€擩ohn le Carr茅</b>
Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century
by Sarah Abrevaya Stein

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

November 19, 2019

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<p><b>"A superb and touching book about the frailty of ties that hold together places and people." --<i>T</i><i>he New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><b></b><br /><b>An award-winning historian shares the true story of a frayed and diasporic Sephardic Jewish family preserved in thousands of letters</b></p><p>For centuries, the bustling port city of Salonica was home to the sprawling Levy family. As leading publishers and editors, they helped chronicle modernity as it was experienced by Sephardic Jews across the Ottoman Empire. The wars of the twentieth century, however, redrew the borders around them, in the process transforming the Levys from Ottomans to Greeks. Family members soon moved across boundaries and hemispheres, stretching the familial diaspora from Greece to Western Europe, Israel, Brazil, and India. In time, the Holocaust nearly eviscerated the clan, eradicating whole branches of the family tree. </p><p>In <i>Family Papers</i>, the prizewinning Sephardic historian Sarah Abrevaya Stein uses the family鈥檚 correspondence to tell the story of their journey across the arc of a century and the breadth of the globe. They wrote to share grief and to reveal secrets, to propose marriage and to plan for divorce, to maintain connection. They wrote because they were family. And years after they frayed, Stein discovers, what remains solid is the fragile tissue that once held them together: neither blood nor belief, but papers.</p><p>With meticulous research and care, Stein uses the Levys' letters to tell not only their history, but the history of Sephardic Jews in the twentieth century.</p>
We Stand Divided: The Rift Between American Jews and Israel
by Daniel Gordis

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English

Pages

292

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<p><strong>From National Jewish Book Award winner and author of Israel, a bold reevaluation of the tensions between American and Israeli Jews that reinterprets the past and reimagines the future of Jewish life</strong></p><p>Relations between the American Jewish community and Israel are at an all-time nadir. Most explanations pin the blame on Israel鈥檚 conduct: its handling of the conflict with the Palestinians, its attitude toward non-Orthodox Judaism, and the Jewish state鈥檚 dismissive view of American Jews in general. Others point an accusing finger at American Jews, insisting that in embracing America鈥檚 progressive values, many American Jews have become more sympathetic to Israel鈥檚 enemies than they are to the Jewish state.</p><p>But these explanations, Daniel Gordis argues, miss the real causes for the divide. Gordis鈥檚 new book, <em>We Stand Divided: The Rift Between American Jews and Israel</em>, examines the history of the troubled relationship, showing that from the very outset鈥攅ven before the state of Israel was created鈥攖he two communities鈥?dreams for a Jewish future had little in common.</p><p>American Jews and Israelis built their respective communities to embrace different opportunities and in response to different challenges. Over decades, two radically diverging visions of Jewish life emerged. Thus, Gordis argues, as a first step to healing the breach, the two communities must acknowledge and discuss their profoundly different purposes and moral commitments. Only then can they forge a path forward, together.</p>

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