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Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul
by Charles King

Language

English

Pages

494

Publication Date

September 15, 2014

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<p><strong>"Hugely enjoyable, magnificently researched, and deeply absorbing." 鈥擩ason Goodwin, <em>New York Times Book Review</em></strong></p><br /><p>At midnight, December 31, 1925, citizens of the newly proclaimed Turkish Republic celebrated the New Year. For the first time ever, they had agreed to use a nationally unified calendar and clock.</p><br /><p>Yet in Istanbul鈥攁n ancient crossroads and Turkey's largest city鈥攑eople were looking toward an uncertain future. Never purely Turkish, Istanbul was home to generations of Greeks, Armenians, and Jews, as well as Muslims. It welcomed White Russian nobles ousted by the Russian Revolution, Bolshevik assassins on the trail of the exiled Leon Trotsky, German professors, British diplomats, and American entrepreneurs鈥攁 multicultural panoply of performers and poets, do-gooders and ne鈥檈r-do-wells. During the Second World War, thousands of Jews fleeing occupied Europe found passage through Istanbul, some with the help of the future Pope John XXIII. At the Pera Palace, Istanbul's most luxurious hotel, so many spies mingled in the lobby that the manager posted a sign asking them to relinquish their seats to paying guests.</p><br /><p>In beguiling prose and rich character portraits, Charles King brings to life a remarkable era when a storied city stumbled into the modern world and reshaped the meaning of cosmopolitanism.</p>
An Improbable Friendship: The Remarkable Lives of Israeli Ruth Da...
by Anthony David

Language

English

Pages

312

Publication Date

September 15, 2015

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<i>An Improbable Friendship</i> is the dual biography of Israeli Ruth Dayan, now ninety-eight, who was Moshe Dayan鈥檚 wife for thirty-seven years, and Palestinian journalist Raymonda Tawil, Yasser Arafat鈥檚 mother-in-law, now seventy-four. It reveals for the first time the two women鈥檚 surprising and secret forty-year friendship and delivers the story of their extraordinary and turbulent lives growing up in a war-torn country.<br /><br />Based on personal interviews, diaries, and journals drawn from both women聴Ruth lives today in Tel Aviv, Raymonda in Malta聴author Anthony David delivers a fast-paced, fascinating narrative that is a beautiful story of reconciliation and hope in a climate of endless conflict. By experiencing their stories and following their budding relationship, which began after the Six-Day War in 1967, we learn the behind-the-scenes, undisclosed history of the Middle East鈥檚 most influential leaders from two prominent women on either side of the ongoing conflict. <br /><br />An award-winning biographer and historian, Anthony David brings us the story of unexpected friendship while he discovers the true pasts of two outstanding women. Their story gives voice to Israelis and Palestinians caught in the Middle East conflict and holds a persistent faith in a future of peace.<br /><br />Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. Our list includes biographies on well-known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Graham Bell, as well as villains from history, such as Heinrich Himmler, John Wayne Gacy, and O. J. Simpson. We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first-hand tales of adventure, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a <i>New York Times</i> bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel
by Matti Friedman

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English

Pages

273

Publication Date

March 05, 2019

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<b>鈥淲ondrous . . . Compelling . . . Piercing.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The New York Times Book Review</i><br /><br /> Award-winning writer Matti Friedman鈥檚 tale of Israel鈥檚 first spies has all the tropes of an espionage novel, including duplicity, betrayal, disguise, clandestine meetings, the bluff, and the double bluff鈥攂ut it鈥檚 all true.</b><br /><br />Journalist and award-winning author Matti Friedman鈥檚 tale of Israel鈥檚 first spies reads like an espionage聽novel--but it鈥檚 all true.聽The聽four agents at聽the center of this story were part of a ragtag unit known as the聽Arab Section, conceived during World War II by聽British spies and Jewish militia聽leaders in Palestine. Intended to gather intelligence and carry out sabotage聽operations, the unit consisted of Jews who were native to the Arab聽world and could thus easily assume Arab聽identities.<br /><br />In聽1948, with Israel鈥檚 existence hanging in the balance, these men went undercover聽in Beirut, where they聽spent the next two years operating out of a newsstand,聽collecting intelligence and sending messages back to Israel聽via a radio whose聽antenna was disguised as a clothesline. Of the dozen spies in the Arab Section聽at the war鈥檚聽outbreak, five were caught and executed. But in the end, the Arab聽Section would emerge as the nucleus of the聽Mossad, Israel鈥檚 vaunted聽intelligence agency.<br /><br /><i>Spies of No聽Country</i>聽is about the slippery identities of these young聽spies, but it鈥檚 also about the聽complicated identity of Israel, a country that聽presents itself as Western but in fact has more citizens with Middle Eastern聽roots聽and traditions, like the spies of this narrative. Meticulously researched聽and masterfully told,聽<i>Spies of聽No Country</i>聽is聽an eye-opening look at the paradoxes聽of the Middle East.
The Maccabee Rebellion: A Historical Novel (Lions of Judea Book 2...
by Amit Arad

Language

English

Pages

390

Publication Date

October 06, 2019

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<h3><b>No one believed they could survive, but they refused to forsake their faith</b></h3><p>Judah Maccabee is no longer a youth, but a great warrior and the unchallenged leader of the Jewish People.</p><p>He leads his people to victory after victory on the fields of battle and diplomacy, shocking the leaders of the mighty Seleucid Empire.</p><p>Relentlessly, the armies of the empire are sent to crush the rebellion in Judea. They will do anything to eliminate the Maccabee army and suppress the Jewish faith.</p><p>But although the Maccabees are massively outnumbered, they have no choice but to overcome their foes. They know that their defeat would be the end of the Jewish People.</p><p>This is the incredible story of the Maccabees, who transformed a nation of rustic farmers and priests into a steel hard army which won eternal renown.</p>
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.
History of the Jews
by Paul Johnson

Language

English

Pages

656

Publication Date

March 17, 2009

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<p>A national bestseller, this brilliant 4000 year survey covers not only Jewish history but he impact of Jewish genius and imagination on the world. By the author of <em>Modern Times: The World From the Twenties to the Eighties.</em></p>
A State at Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-Gurion
by Tom Segev

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English

Pages

817

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<p>As the founder of Israel, David Ben-Gurion long ago secured his reputation as a leading figure of the twentieth century. Determined from an early age to create a Jewish state, he thereupon took control of the Zionist movement, declared Israel鈥檚 independence, and navigated his country through wars, controversies and remarkable achievements. And yet Ben-Gurion remains an enigma鈥攈e could be driven and imperious, or quizzical and confounding. </p><p>In this definitive biography, Israel鈥檚 leading journalist-historian Tom Segev uses large amounts of previously unreleased archival material to give an original, nuanced account, transcending the myths and legends that have accreted around the man. Segev鈥檚 probing biography ranges from the villages of Poland to Manhattan libraries, London hotels, and the hills of Palestine, and shows us Ben-Gurion鈥檚 relentless activity across six decades. Along the way, Segev reveals for the first time Ben-Gurion鈥檚 secret negotiations with the British on the eve of Israel鈥檚 independence, his willingness to countenance the forced transfer of Arab neighbors, his relative indifference to Jerusalem, and his occasional 鈥渘utty moments鈥濃€攆rom UFO sightings to plans for Israel to acquire territory in South America. Segev also reveals that Ben-Gurion first heard about the Holocaust from a Palestinian Arab acquaintance, and explores his tempestuous private life, including the testimony of four former lovers.</p><p>The result is a full and startling portrait of a man who sought a state 鈥渁t any cost鈥濃€攁t times through risk-taking, violence, and unpredictability, and at other times through compromise, moderation, and reason. Segev鈥檚 Ben-Gurion is neither a saint nor a villain but rather a historical actor who belongs in the company of Lenin or Churchill鈥攁 twentieth-century leader whose iron will and complex temperament left a complex and contentious legacy that we still reckon with today.</p>
90 Minutes at Entebbe: The Full Inside Story of the Spectacular I...
by William Stevenson

Language

English

Pages

240

Publication Date

January 06, 2015

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<b>The incredible story of an Israeli mission that rescued 103 hostages from a hijacked jetliner.</b><br /><br />On June 27, 1976, Air France Flight 139 was hijacked by terrorists and flown to Entebbe Airport in Uganda. In the following agonizing days, Israeli passengers were singled out and held hostage. A week later on July 4, one hundred Israeli commandos raced 2,500 miles from Israel to Entebbe, landed in the middle of the night, and in a heart-stopping mission that lasted ninety minutes, killed all guerillas and freed 103 hostages.<br /><br />In captivating detail, Stevenson provides a fast-paced hour-by-hour narration from the hijacking to the final ninety-minute mission. In addition to discussing the incredible rescue itself, Stevenson also covers the political backdrop behind the hijacking, especially Ugandan President Idi Amin鈥檚 support for the hijackers, which marked one of the first times a leader of a nation had backed terrorist activities. An illustration of one nation鈥檚 undying spirit, heroism, and commitment to its people in the face of threat, Operation Thunderbolt has become a legendary antiterrorist tale.<br /><br />Although first written in 1976 (and published within weeks of the event), Stevenson鈥檚 account presents this act of terrorism in a way that is still relevant in our modern-day political climate. A factual account of what could easily be read as sensational fiction, <i>90 Minutes at Entebbe</i> will inspire, encourage, and instill hope in all readers.<br /><br />Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a <i>New York Times</i> bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
The Armenian Genocide: A Captivating Guide to the Massacre of the...
by Captivating History

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English

Pages

118

Publication Date

October 05, 2019

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<h2>If you want to discover the captivating history of the Armenian Genocide, then keep reading...</h2><br /><b>Free History <u>BONUS</u> Inside!</b><br /><br />During 1915 to 1923, one and a half million Armenian people were deported and killed in the most appalling ways comprehensible. They were ripped from their homes (in a land where they had lived for longer than history can tell, a land so old that many speculate it was the site of the biblical Garden of Eden) and sent off on death marches across the blistering Syrian Desert. They were shot on the thresholds of the houses where they were raising their children. They were butchered with swords in gruesome ways in order to dishearten those left alive. <br /><br />They were starved in concentration camps, they were burned and drowned and beaten to death by the thousands, and then their corpses were stripped naked and left to rot in the open air. They were overdosed with morphine. They were injected with infected blood. They were cast overboard into the frigid Black Sea. They were gassed. They were raped. They were abducted and sold as slaves.<br /><br />In short, the Ottoman Empire under the Three Pashas made every possible attempt to exterminate the Armenian race with such fervor that their actions would inspire the creation of the very word that now defines the greatest crime that can be perpetrated against a civilization: genocide. Yet today, the Armenian Genocide is an event that has melted out of the collective consciousness. It is an event that has repercussions extending to the modern day and is an event that should never be forgotten.<br /><br /><b>In <i>The Armenian Genocide: A Captivating Guide to the Massacre of the Armenians by the Turks of the Ottoman Empire</i>, you will discover topics such as</b><br /><ul><li>The Armenian Problem</li><li>The Ottoman Empire</li><li>The First Massacres</li><li>The Young Turk Revolution</li><li>The World Goes to War</li><li>Red Sunday</li><li>Death March</li><li>One Thousand Orphans</li><li>The Black Sea Runs Red</li><li>Stolen Children</li><li>Justice</li><li>Operation Nemesis</li><li>Denial</li><li>Fighting for Freedom</li><li>And much, much more!</li></ul><b>So if you want to learn more about the Armenian Genocide, scroll up and click the "add to cart" button!</b>
Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency ...
by Neal Bascomb

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English

Pages

409

Publication Date

April 20, 2010

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<p><b><i>Hunting Eichmann</i> is the first complete narrative of a relentless and harrowing international manhunt.</b></p><p>When the Allies stormed Berlin in the last days of the Third Reich, Adolf Eichmann shed his SS uniform and vanished. Following his escape from two American POW camps, his retreat into the mountains and out of Europe, and his path to an anonymous life in Buenos Aires, his pursuers are a bulldog West German prosecutor, a blind Argentinean Jew and his beautiful daughter, and a budding, ragtag spy agency called the Mossad, whose operatives have their own scores to settle (and whose rare surveillance photographs are published here for the first time). The capture of Eichmann and the efforts by Israeli agents to secret him out of Argentina to stand trial is the stunning conclusion to this thrilling historical account, told with the kind of pulse-pounding detail that rivals anything you'd find in great spy fiction.聽</p>

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