Soldier in the Sand by Simon Mayall

Soldier in the Sand by Simon Mayall

Soldier in the Sand by Simon Mayall* – A Personal History of the Modern Middle East – is a history book with a personal touch and this is what makes it so fascinating. A historian by education, Mayall offers a very well though off analysis…

Lawrence of Arabia’s Secret Dispatches during the Arab Revolt, 1915–1919 by Fabrizio Bagatti

Lawrence of Arabia’s Secret Dispatches during the Arab Revolt, 1915–1919 by Fabrizio Bagatti

Lawrence of Arabia’s Secret Dispatches during the Arab Revolt, 1915–1919 by Fabrizio Bagatti* was just the book I wanted to read these days. I read for my studies about the mandates both from the point of self-determination as a human rights issue and from the…

The Crusades in 100 Objects by James Waterson

The Crusades in 100 Objects by James Waterson

I enjoyed The Crusades in 100 Objects by James Waterson* a lot. It has some pretty surprising objects, including new ones… and by new I mean 21st century objects which are related to the crusades nonetheless. That was a lovely surprise and I think it…

Islam by Malise Ruthven

Islam by Malise Ruthven

I got this book, Islam by Malise Ruthven, from the A Very Short Introduction series because I am studying the Middle East and I wanted to understand better the “basics” of Islam. This book covers a lot of topics relating to Islam and has important…

Story of Israel by Martin Gilbert

Story of Israel by Martin Gilbert

I read quite a few books on the Holocaust, but I did not know a lot about Israel. So, I was very curious to learn about the formation of the state, from the Story of Israel by Martin Gilbert*. I did not know much about…