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    The book consists of rapier-like literary thrusts into the lives of General George Armstrong Custer, Thomas Andrews (the builder of the Titanic), and Edward Grey (British Foreign Secretary before World War I). However spectacular their failures, it's generally agreed that these men (or, in the case of Edward Grey, the men around them) could have avoided disaster except for arrogance - a flaw that has long characterized the imperial ambition of leaders from both countries.

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  • A historical novel that brings to life a true story only remembered in outline. In the North Yemen Civil War of the 1960s, two girls whose brothers and fathers had been killed in the fighting believed enough in their cause to join the fight themselves. They dressed as men and reported for duty. This novel uses intuition, imagination, and the author's experience with modern day Yemeni women to fill out this tale of courage, loss, sorrow, and ultimately of disillusion.

    The author is Carolyn Han, an American woman who earlier had traveled to Asia, married, and taken the name of her Chinese husband. Later, she returned to the US and, after a divorce, sojourned in Yemen for eight years. Here she studied Arabic, got to know women in this traditional society, and traveled alone with Bedouin guides across a forbidding desert (Ramlat as-Sab’atayn). Her prose brings alive the plight of young and old caught in armed conflict. A historical anti-war novel.
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    Sidney Reilly was the most audacious, courageous, and successful spy in history. His adventures first came to light during the Russian Revolution in 1917 when he was tasked by Britain’s Secret Service with overthrowing the Bolsheviks after they had formed a new government. He had already succeeded in stealing the plans of the Kaiser’s new and modern fleet of battleships from Krupp, to help Britain win World War I, and was awarded the Military Cross in 1919.

    In 1953, novelist Ian Fleming used Reilly’s secret Admiralty Intelligence file to write his novels about a fictional secret agent he called James Bond 007. But Reilly’s true exploits were even more thrilling and fantastic than those of the fictional James Bond. Reilly was Britain’s best spy―but was he also a Soviet double-agent?

    Author John Harte retells Reilly’s story as it really was, in fast-moving prose with an eye for telling detail―and provides a twist: He tells us what really happened to Reilly after he vanished in Soviet Russia in 1925 and was assumed to have been murdered by Stalin’s secret police. Apparently not!

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    Inside Syria - A Physician’s Memoir is a street level view of Syria from 1965 that is far more nuanced than most reports in the US media. Tarif Bakdash, MD, was born and raised in Syria. He went to school with Bashar al-Assad, worked with Bashar’s wife Asma, butted heads with Ba’ath Party bureaucrats, lost friends to anti-Islamic purges.

    Tarif Bakdash shows us history from the inside­—in the life of a child, a student—a young man struggling to create a life for himself. And then he shows it to us again, in the eyes of a middle-aged MD who, after many years in the US, returns to the city of his birth as an impatient American intent on reforming the Syrian system from within.

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    A friendly, helpful, and sometimes humorous conversation that demystifies Arab, Arab-American, and Muslim cultures.

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    In the wake of the 9-11 attacks in 2001, Linda Sartor was dismayed to see her country responding primarily with military action and coercive diplomacy. Rather than isolating and defeating the perpetrators, Linda saw US action punishing the innocents in foreign lands, lending credibility to Al Qaeda's depiction of the US as an imperial state and an enemy of Islam, making enemies, and undercutting decades of effort to win the hearts and minds of people around the world.

    Linda resolved to do more than complain. For the next decade she engaged in self-styled citizen diplomacy, traveling to six war-torn countries to see for herself, and to do what she could to assist locals in their efforts to attain peace and justice.

    Linda traveled to Israel/Palestine, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Iran, Afghanistan, and Bahrain. She traveled with several different Peace and Justice organizations. And part of her story is the work of Americans and internationals to highlight injustice and to make some noise about the need for peace.

    Linda Sartor takes us behind the headlines, and she also isolates the idealism of activists from the US and other countries. She hopes that her stories will inspire readers to confront fear, to follow their hearts, and to place a bet that individual protest will, ultimately, undermine and reform the harsh imperial and economic systems that are too often accepted as a baseline "reality" when the nations of the world exercise power.

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  • The Wealthiest Woman in Afghanistan (4/25/2023)
    A novel from Afghanistan by Sanaullah Momand.

    What is the source of real wealth?

    How did a woman from Afghanistan become wealthy?

    Sanaullah Momand has a story to tell.
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