I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey by Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish
Dr. Abuelaish is a Palestinian doctor from Gaza, who worked in Israel and was a prominent advocate for peace. His three daughters and a niece were killed during the Israeli shelling of Gaza in 2009, just after he had decided to move his family to Canada. This moving memoir of his life and of his daughters is his plea for peace in the Middle East.
Smiling Bears: A Zookeeper Explores the Behaviour and Emotional Life of Bears by Else Poulsen
A zookeeper who specializes in working with bears who have developed emotional or behavioral problems, or bears in need of rehabilitation, Poulsen’s account of her journey into understanding bears’ minds and her descriptions of the many bears she has worked with makes fascinating reading. There is also an epilogue in which she talks about bear sanctuaries around the world where abused or orphaned bears are cared for, and the many cruelties inflicted on bears worldwide, especially on the sickening bear-gall farms in China. The book concludes with an extensive list of further resources for helping or learning about bears.
A Mosque in Munich: Nazis, the CIA, and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West by Ian Johnson
This intriguing history traces the roots of the radical Islam in the rest all the way back to the Second World War, when the Nazis recruited Soviet Muslim prisoners of war to form units for the Eastern Front. During the Cold War, it was the CIA that tried to pull the strings of a Munich-based Islamic group in intrigue against the Soviets. He examines how the 9/11 terrorists seemed to have been radicalised in Europe, discusses how this situation arose, and concludes with a look at current US policies on radical Islam.