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THE LINGUIST AND THE EMPEROR  Napoleon and Champollion's Quest to Decipher  the Rosetta Stone
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THE LINGUIST AND THE EMPEROR Napoleon and Champollion's Quest to Decipher the Rosetta Stone

By Meyerson, Daniel

Ballantine Books. Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket. 2004. First Edition. Hardcover. 0345450671 . Ex-library book, but still in great condition - brodart cover and usual ex-lib type markings such as front and spine sticker. Pages clean and tight, a little scuffing to cover, bumping to corners. Only light wear overall. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 288 pages; The deciphering of the Rosetta stone was one of the great intellectual triumphs of all time, unlocking the secrets of thousands of years of Egypt’s ancient civilization. Yet in the past two centuries, the circumstances surrounding this bravura feat of translation have become shrouded in myth and mystery. Now in his spellbinding new book, Daniel Meyerson recounts the extraordinary true story of how the lives of two geniuses converged in a breakthrough that revolutionized our understanding of the past. The emperor Napoleon and the linguist Jean-Francois Champollion were both blessed with the temperament of artists and damned with ferocious impatience—and both of them were obsessed with Egypt. In fact, it was Napoleon’s dazzling, disastrous Egyptian campaign that caught the attention of the young Champollion and forever changed his life. From the instant Champollion learned of Napoleon’s discovery of a stone inscribed with three sets of characters—Greek, Coptic, and hieroglyphic—he could not rest. He vowed to be the first to crack the mystery of what became known as the Rosetta stone..... [417-noto] .

$5.50

OUR MAN IN DAMASCUS: ELIE COHN

By Ben-Hanan, Eli

Tel Aviv: Steimatzky Press. Good+. 1969. Softcover. Undated, approx. 1969. Internal pages clean & tight other than insription on title page. Jacket has scuffing, fading to spine and light edgewear, one small peeled area on front. The thrilling, shocking, true story of Israel's most daring spy. Elie Cohn was hung from a hook in Martyr's Square, Damascus. The execution was carried live by the Syrian television network, while, in Israel, a pale woman watched every scene - Nadia Cohn, the wife of Israel's greatest spy.....Now the true story of Elie Cohn's amazing feats can be told.." (120-osl) ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall .

$21.95

WAR WITHOUT END Israelis, Palestinians, and the Struggle for a Promised  Land
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WAR WITHOUT END Israelis, Palestinians, and the Struggle for a Promised Land

By La Guardia, Anton

Thomas Dunne Books. Fine. 2003. First Edition. Softcover. 031231633X . Excellent condition, clean and unmarked, light corner wear, a little scuffing. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Review: " British journalist Anton La Guardia, diplomatic editor for the Daily Telegraph and for eight years its Middle East correspondent, offers an informed and objective history of the Middle East battles in War Without End: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Struggle for a Promised Land. Tracing the Zionist movement back to its 19th-century roots, as well as the birth of national identity of the Palestinians among whom the Zionists settled, La Guardia offers general readers a balanced background to what many fear may well be a war without end. " [545] .

$8.55

THE TEMPLARS AND THE ASSASSINS The Militia of Heaven
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THE TEMPLARS AND THE ASSASSINS The Militia of Heaven

By Wasserman, James

VT: Inner Traditions. Very Good. 2001. First Edition; Fifth Printing. Softcover. 089281859X . Light corner wear, a little corner curling. Internal pages are clean & tight, but do have several large earmarks. B/w illus. 318 pages. Book Description: • An examination of the interactions of the Christian Knights Templar and their Muslim counterparts, the Assassins, and of the profound changes in Western society that resulted. • Restores the reputation of the secret Muslim order of the Assassins, disparaged as the world's first terrorist group. • Dispels many myths about the Knights Templar and provides the most incisive portrait of them to date. A thousand years ago Christian battled Muslim for possession of a strip of land upon which both their religions were founded. These Crusades changed the course of Western history, but less known is the fact that they also were the meeting ground for two legendary secret societies: The Knights Templar and their Muslim counterparts, the Assassins. (*Shipping will be reduced to some locations) ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

$10.00