The Israel-Arab Reader: A Documentary History of the Middle East Conflict
Author: Walter Laqueur
An essential resource-completely revised and updated for the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of Israel
In print for forty years , The Israel-Arab Reader is a thorough and up-to-date guide to the continuing crisis in the Middle East. It covers the full spectrum of the Israel-Arab conflict-including a new chapter recounting the Gaza withdrawal, the Hamas election victory, and the Lebanon-Israel War. Featuring a new introduction that provides an overview of the past 115 years of conflict, and arranged chronologically and without bias, this comprehensive reference includes speeches, letters, articles, timelines, and reports dealing with all the major interests in the area.
Micromotives and Macrobehavior
Author: Thomas C Schelling
Before Freakonomics and The Tipping Point there was this classic by the 2005 Nobel Laureate in Economics.
"Schelling here offers an early analysis of 'tipping' in social situations involving a large number of individuals."official citation for the 2005 Nobel Prize
Micromotives and Macrobehavior was originally published over twenty-five years ago, yet the stories it tells feel just as fresh today. And the subject of these storieshow small and seemingly meaningless decisions and actions by individuals often lead to significant unintended consequences for a large groupis more important than ever. In one famous example, Thomas C. Schelling shows that a slight-but-not-malicious preference to have neighbors of the same race eventually leads to completely segregated populations.
The updated edition of this landmark book contains a new preface and the author's Nobel Prize acceptance speech.