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Tomorrow's titles today: a Hamas offspring turns his back on violence, Ralph Peters on Islam vs. the West, a former Iraqi minister on Islamic culture

The following books are being released this month.

Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices
By Mosab Hassan Youseff with Ron Brackin (Tyndale House, $26.99)
March 2

A memoir by the oldest son of Sheikh Hassan Youseff, who is one of the founding members of the Palestinian group Hamas. The twist here is that, despite being groomed to one day succeed his father, he shunned the violence, hatred and conflict after turning to Christianity and its message of peace and love. Though cynics may be snickering at this point (Tyndale is, after all, primarily a Christian publishing house) his insights into the group and its machinations are unique, and may be a refreshing change from the sound bites and vitriol heard over and over for generations.

Endless War: Middle-Eastern Islam vs. Western Civilization
By Ralph Peters (Stackpole, $27.95)
March 1

The retired Army officer and prolific author offers his take on a conflict that rages from Afghanistan and Iraq to the Israeli-Palestinian tensions to the Nile Delta, and frames it in the (often controversial) Islam vs. the West mold.

The Crisis of Islamic Civilization
By Ali A. Allawi (Yale Univ., $18)
March 16

An examination of Islamic culture and politics by a former minister who held both defense and finance portfolios in the Iraqi postwar governments. A take no doubt burdened by the horrors he’s witnessed on the ground, not to mention the frustration of creating a truly functioning government in Baghdad. One of his prescriptions -- a return to a true spirituality that for centuries has been the foundation of his faith. But, alas, that means vastly different things to different people.

--Christopher Schoppa

By Steven E. Levingston  |  March 2, 2010; 5:30 AM ET
 
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