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With over 300 original photographs, as well as charts, architectural plans, and reproductions of engravings and ancient watercolors, Damascus provides a rich and thorough introduction to the architectural and archeological history of one of the world's great cities. Weaving together aspects of history, sociology, religion, and law, Degeorge presents a unique perspective on the sights and monuments, allowing the reader a global view and a tangible sense of the successive civilizations in order ... Read more
"[Mohr] has a generous understanding of his characters, whom he describes with an intelligence and sensitivity that pulls you in."?The New York Times Book Review (editors' choice) on Termite Parade It's 2003 and the country is divided evenly for and against the Iraq War. Damascus, a dive bar in San Francisco's Mission District, becomes the unlikely setting for a showdown between the opposing sides. Tensions come to a boil when Owen, the bar's proprietor who has recently taken to wearing a Santa ... Read more
Jerusalem: home to seekers, heretics, hustlers, and madmen of many faiths. In this most fractious city, a plot unfolds to bomb the sacred Temple Mount.Christopher Lucas, an expatriate American journalist, stumbles upon the plot while investigating religious fanatics. Entangled in the the intrigue are a nightclub singer; an unstable Jewish guru; a strung-out Kabbalist seeking the messiah; and a soldier of fortune routinely found at the world's violent clashes. A confrontation at the Gaza Strip, ... Read more
In his earlier novels, Robert Stone has taken us to such hot spots as Vietnam, Central America, and that ultimate sinkhole of depravity we call Hollywood. This time around, it's Jerusalem. Given Stone's gift for depicting both political and personal embroilment--indeed, for making the two inextricable--this particular city is an inspired choice. For starters, Jerusalem remains a sacred destination for Muslims, Jews, and Christians and a hotly contested one. It's also a magnet for hustlers, ... Read more
This great trilogy 'probes into those depths where the problems of God, and death, and eternity become terrifying realities'
From Biblical times to the Art Deco period, Damascus unfurls its various layers of history in the chapters of the Main Sites and Trails section. Visitors are also guided by locals ? from architects to film-makers ? who share their favourite haunts in the Local Insights section. And for those who want to know more about any given subject, the authors have asked historians, writers, cultural activists and food experts to share their knowledge on topics ranging from literature, contemporary art ... Read more