Start the new year with a new understanding of the current world situation. This list is based on one put together by the Englewood Library in New Jersey, with the addition of titles its library doesn't own. Its list, which includes relevant Web sites, can be found at www.englewoodlibrary.org.
"Battle for God" by Karen Armstrong
"Jerusalem: one city, three faiths" by Karen Armstrong
"Holy War: the Crusades and their impact on today's world" by Karen Armstrong
"The Arabs" by David Lamb
Perspective on Islam and Islamic Fundamentalism
"Islam: a short history" by Karen Armstrong
"Holy War, Inc." by Peter Berger
"Islamic Fundamentalism" by Laurence Davidson
"From Beirut to Jerusalem: updated and with a new chapter" by Thomas Friedman
"Reaping the Whirlwind: the Taliban movement in Afghanistan" by Michael Griffin
"Holy War, Islam Fights" by John Laffin
"The Middle East: a brief history of the last 2000 years" by Bernard Lewis
"The Taliban: war, religion, and the new order" by Peter Marsden
"Tournament of Shadows: the great game and the race for empire in Central Asia" by Karl Meyer
"War against America: Saddam Hussein and the WTC attacks: a study of revenge" by Laurie Mylroie
"Taliban: militant Islam, oil, and fundamentalism in Central Asia" by Ahmed Rashid
"New Jackals: Ramzi Yousef, Osama bin Laden and the future of terrorism" by Simon Reeve
"Sacred Rage: the crusade of modern Islam" by Robin B. Wright
American Foreign Policy
"American Foreign Policy: Opposing Viewpoints"
"Body of Secrets" by James Bamford
"Blowback: the costs and consequences of American empire" by Chalmers Johnson
"Germs: biological weapons and America's secret war" by Judith Miller
"Living Terrors: what America needs to know to survive the coming Bio-terrorist Catastrophe" by Michael Osterholm
Other titles of interest
"Divided We Stand" by Eric Darton
"War and Human Nature: Opposing Viewpoints"
"Israel: Opposing Viewpoints" (The Opposing Viewpoints series collects essays by various writers on as many perspectives of an issue as possible. It is possible to search for them by series; ask how the next time you visit a library.)
Next week: New Fiction!
If you'd like to place a hold on any of these titles, call the Juneau Public Library at 586-5249. If you have Internet access, your library card, and a PIN, you may place your own holds by going to our Web site (www.juneau.lib.ak.us/library) and looking at our catalogue. Past issues of this column are also available on our Web site.