Reading list inspiration for travel
City and region specific
Books & eBooks
- A Biblical History of IsraelView on Amazon Three biblical scholars' history of ancient Israel that takes the text seriously as a historical document. By Iain Provan, V Philips Long and Tremper Longman III.
- A History of GodView on Amazon Important book on the history of the monotheistic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. By Karen Armstrong.
- A Peace to End All PeaceView on Amazon The definitive book on the subject, it tells the fascinating story of the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the creation of the modern Middle East. By David Fromkin.
- Innocents AbroadView on Amazon A refreshing and funny travel narrative based on the famed author's writings from his 1867 steamship voyage to Europe, Egypt and the Holy Land. By Mark Twain.
- My Promised LandView on Amazon Deeply personal narrative history of the State of Israel. By Ari Shavit.
- Palestinian Walks: Forays into a Vanishing LandscapeView on Amazon The author's walks in and around Ramallah between 1978 and 2006 reveal a dramatically changed landscape. By Raja Shehadeh.
- Start-up NationView on Amazon Book on why Israel produces a large number of start-up companies. By Dan Senor and Saul Singer.
- The Israel-Arab ReaderView on Amazon An essential text for understanding the Arab-Israeli conflict, it includes pivotal documents presenting both perspectives dating back to the British Mandate in Palestine. By Walter Laqueur and Barry Rubin.
Articles & Academic Papers
- “Deadly Embrace”View on London Review of Books website A look at Palestinian suicide bombers. By Jacqueline Rose.
- “Gates, Dates and Debates: A Review of Megiddo’s Monumental Gate…”View on Harold B Library's website A look into dating the complex layered site of Megiddo. By Joshua J Bodine.
- “How Soccer Explains Israel”View on Grantland.com Jerusalem's FC Beitar signed two Muslim players from Russia in February and — intentionally or not — stirred a national controversy. By Amos Barshad.
- “Israel’s Worst-Kept Secret”View on TheAtlantic.com Is the silence over Israeli nukes doing more harm than good? By Douglas Birch and R Jeffrey Smith.
- “Lydda, 1948”View on NewYorker.com A city, a massacre, and the Middle East today. By Ari Shavit.
- “Mixing Times for the Dead Sea”View on Lund University Publications' website A technical article, it provides valuable background information on the Dead Sea, its chemistry (esp. salinity) and water levels. By Raed AI Bashitialshaaera, Kenneth M Perssonab and Magnus Larsona.
- “The One-State Reality”View on NewYorker.com Israel’s conservative President speaks up for civility, and pays a price. By David Remnick.
- “The Romance of Birthright Israel”View on TheNation.com The ins-and-outs of the Birthright Israel program, which sends young American Jews on a tour of Israel free of charge. By Kiera Feldman.
Online Sources & Blogs
- Dead Sea ScrollsVisit deadseascrolls.org A free online digitized virtual library of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
- NYU Lectures on Ancient IsraelWatch on youtube.com NYU Professor Daniel Fleming offer a complete 27-lecture course on ancient Israel, using the Bible as a source.
- Torah TranslationVisit chabad.org An English translation of the Torah.
- Travelers’ Health | IsraelVisit CDC.gov Get the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations for vaccines and medicines.
- World Bank | IsraelVisit worldbank.org A great resource for the country's quality of living indicators, economy and climate change data.
Just for Kids
- King DavidView on Amazon Children's history of the life of King David. By Nancy I. Sanders.
- Let’s Nosh!View on Amazon Colorful images and bouncing rhymes introduce children to kosher food. By Amy Wilson Sanger.
- Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian ChildhoodView on Amazon Set in Ramallah during the aftermath of the 1967 Six-Day War, Ibtisam Barakat's memoir captures what it is like to be a child whose world is shattered by war. By Ibtisam Barakat.
- The ReturnView on Amazon A heartrending account of Operation Moses, the airlift of Ethiopian Jews from the Sudan into Israel, as seen through the eyes of Desta, 12. By Sonia Levitin.
Who to Follow
- Twitter: Arsen OstrovskyFollow @Ostrov_A Int'l Lawyer.
#MidEast Analyst. Journalist. Focus on #Israel, #HumanRights, #Politics + #food, #travel & lots of other stuff.
- Twitter: Gil HoffmanFollow @Gil_Hoffman Gil Hoffman is Jerusalem Post's chief political correspondent & analyst. He's lectured about Israel in 10 countries.
- Twitter: Noah BrowningFollow @Noah_Browning Reuters correspondent in Palestine/Israel.
- Twitter: Nogo TarnopolskyFollow @NTarnopolsky Israel & Palestine correspondent. Wine columnist at haaretz.com.
- Twitter: Tweet PalestineFollow @Tweet_Palestine Palestinian Activist believes in popular resistance Justice, Equality, Dignity & Freedom to all.