From Babel to Dragomans
Interpreting the Middle East
Hardcover ISBN: 0195173368
The best-selling author of What Went Wrong brings together four decades of his essays, articles, and other writings on the Middle East, presenting more than fifty pieces that cover such topics as "The Enemies of God," "Can Islam be Secularized?," "What Saddam Wrought," and "Deconstructing Osama and His Evil Appeal." 100,000 first printing.
The Guilt of Nations
Restitution and Negotiating Historical Injustices
Paperback ISBN: 0801868076
Is restitution hegemony or reclaimed rights? Barkan (cultural studies, Claremont Graduate U.) raises the question but doesn't answer it in his examination of a number of attempts to amend historical injustices through official apologies and financial payments. Separate chapters analyze the political, economic, and moral dynamics behind restitution movements related to the European Jews slaughtered by the Nazis; the Japanese traffic of sex slaves; the Russian plunder of Germany as restitution for German plunder; Native American claims on land, human remains, and sacred objects; Hawaiian claims of self determination; the treatment of Australian Aborigines; and the legacy of the slavery of Africans in America. He argues that discourses of restitution are deeply wedded to notions of identity and that restitution can sometimes lock people into seeing themselves as victims. Restitution, although sometimes appropriate, "orders injustices and attempts to rewrite specific wrongs, leaving other social discriminations and prejudices intact." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Shield of Achilles
War, Peace, and the Course of History
Paperback ISBN: 0385721382
A political insider explores the changing nature of the nation-state, arguing that the world war that began in 1914 did not end until 1990, when both fascism and communism were finally overcome, signally the emergence of the West and the new "market state." Reprint. 20,000 first printing.