By Gertrude Bell
In the last century, few people lived more astounding – or influential – lives than Gertrude Bell. During World War I, she worked her way up from spy to army major to become one of the most powerful woman in the British Empire. After the defeat of the Ottoman Empire, she was instrumental in drawing the borders that define the region today, including creating an independent Iraq. This is the epic story of Bell’s life, told through her letters, military dispatches, diary entries, and other writings. It offers a unique and intimate look behind the public mask of a woman who shaped nations.
By Niccolò Machiavelli
The original blueprint for realpolitik, The Prince shocked sixteenth-century Europe with its advocacy of ruthless tactics for gaining absolute power and its abandonment of conventional morality. For this treatise on statecraft, Machiavelli drew upon his own experience of office under the turbulent Florentine republic, rejecting traditional values of political theory and recognizing the complicated, transient nature of political life. Concerned not with lofty ideals, but with a regime that would last, this seminal work of modern political thought retains its power to alarm and to instruct.
By Friedrich Engels, Karl Marx
One of the most important and influential political theories ever formulated, The Communist Manifesto is a revolutionary summons to the working class-an incisive account of a new theory of communism that would be brought about by a proletarian revolution. Arguing that increasing exploitation of industrial workers will eventually lead to a rebellion in which capitalism will be overthrown, Marx and Engels propose a vision of a society without classes, private property, or a state.
‘Once they are aroused, once they are determined, nothing on earth and nothing in heaven will make women give way; it is impossible.’ A potted history of the women who pioneered feminism and changed the world.
By James Baldwin
To compose his stunning documentary film I Am Not Your Negro, acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck mined James Baldwin’s published and unpublished oeuvre, selecting passages from his books, essays, letters, notes, and interviews that are every bit as incisive and pertinent now as they have ever been. Weaving these texts together, Peck brilliantly imagines the book that Baldwin never wrote. In his final years, Baldwin had envisioned a book about his three assassinated friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. His deeply personal notes for the project have never been published before. Peck’s film uses them to jump through time, juxtaposing Baldwin’s private words with his public statements, in a blazing examination of the tragic history of race in America.
By Daud Sutton
An exploration of the construction and meaning of Islamic geometric patterns. Throughout their long history the craft traditions of the Islamic world evolved a multitude of styles applied to a great variety of media but always with unifying factors that make them instantly recognizable. Harmony is central. There are two key aspects to the visual structure of Islamic design–calligraphy using Arabic script (one of the world’s great calligraphic traditions) and abstract ornamentation using a varied but remarkably integrated visual language. Focusing on Islamic geometric patterns, simple and complex, man-made and in nature, this book offers unique insight into Islamic culture.
لـ حصة آل الشيخ, عائشة المانع
يُسلّط الكتاب الضوءَ على تجربة “السادس من نوفمبر” حينما أقدمت ٤٧ سيدة سعودية على قيادة السيارة في شوارع مدينة الرياض في عام ١٩٩٠م. ويُعد هذا الكتاب أوّلَ كتاب يتناول بالمعلومة والتحليل والوثيقة تلك التجربة ويوثق أحداثها. يكتسب الكتابُ أهميته بأن مؤلفتيْه كُنَّ من المشارِكات الفاعلات في تلك المسيرة، فجاء الكتاب ليوثق تفاصيل مهمة في تلك التجربة، قبل المسيرة وأثناءها وما تلاها من تداعيات وأحداث وصخب إعلامي، وهي تفاصيل ظلّت غائبة عن التناول لأكثر من عشرين عامًا.
By W.E.B. Du Bois
It is the aim of this essay to study the period of history from 1861 to 1872 so far as it relates to the American Negro In effect this tale of the dawn of Freedom is an account of that government of men called the Freedmen’s Bureau. – one of the most singular and interesting of the attempts made by a great nation to grapple with vast problems of race and social condition.
By Margot Lee Shetterly
Set amid the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA’s African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America’s space program. Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as ‘Human Computers’, calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements. Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African-American women. Segregated from their white counterparts, these ‘colored computers’ used pencil and paper to write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.
By Alexandre Dumas
In 1815 Edmond Dantès, a young and successful merchant sailor who has just recently been granted the succession of his erstwhile captain Leclère, returns to Marseille to marry his Catalan fiancée Mercédès. Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantès is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration.
By Anne Frank
One of the most famous accounts of living under the Nazi regime of World War II comes from the diary of a thirteen–year–old Jewish girl, Anne Frank. Anne Frank and her family fled the horrors of Nazi occupation by hiding in the back of a warehouse in Amsterdam for two years with another family and a German dentist. Aged thirteen when she went into the secret annexe…