Books by Edward W. Said

FROM OSLO TO IRAQ AND THE ROAD MAP by Edward W. Said
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Released: Aug. 10, 2004

"Always controversial, but worthwhile for those who follow current events—and those who wish for peace in Palestine."
A gathering of recent, polemical pieces on the Middle East by the late literary scholar, pinning most of the blame for the troubles on Israel, but assigning some to the PLO. Read full book review >
REFLECTIONS ON EXILE by Edward W. Said
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A fascinating exploration of post-colonialism as seen through the eyes of its progenitor."
A compilation of 35 years' worth of critical essays from one of the boldest and most articulate cultural theorists alive today. Read full book review >
THE END OF THE PEACE PROCESS by Edward W. Said
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Released: April 10, 2000

"A powerful, groundlevel perspective on one of the greatest tragedies of our time."
A collection of 50 impassioned, damning essays on the consequences of the Middle East peace process. Read full book review >
OUT OF PLACE by Edward W. Said
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 24, 1999

Said's compassionate and lyrical memoir explores his feelings of displacement in both his cultural setting and his family, revealing the roots of his intellectual, political, and personal unfolding. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 1994

"But Said sees the irony as well, and he struggles honestly in these essays to describe a role for the intellectual in which the moral authority of the prophetic outsider is not purchased by forfeiting all political and social engagement."
In six essays delivered as lectures for the BBC, Said (The Politics of Dispossession, p. 537, etc.) makes the case that intellectuals should maintain a vigilant skepticism toward all received wisdoms. Read full book review >
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Released: June 30, 1994

"A highly charged and eminently readable critique of a sandstorm in the world's eye."
A lucid compilation of 39 essays by Said (Comparative Literature/Columbia), the most eloquent spokesperson for the Palestinian cause in the Western world since the Arab defeat in the 1967 war against Israel. Read full book review >
CULTURE AND IMPERIALISM by Edward W. Said
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Released: Feb. 28, 1993

Said's latest book largely reiterates his familiar argument for cultural recognition of the "Other" (more cogently marshalled in his Orientalism, 1978), particularly the colonized "Other" that has been molded in popular perception by the crucial (to Said) element of Western imperialism. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1982

Said (Orientalism, Covering Islam) presents his more strictly academic/literary side here—in a dozen more-or-less-related essays, most of which derive from lectures and academic-journal pieces. Read full book review >
Released: May 29, 1981

"On this last, Said is probably the most trenchant commentator around."
In Orientalism (1978), Said denounced the ethnocentric distortions of (primarily) the Islamic world by Western scholarship, past to present. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 21, 1979

In this polemical essay, Edward Said, a Columbia professor and member of the Palestinian National Council, presents the Palestinian case to the American public—a follow-up to his general attack on the field of Middle East studies in Orientalism (1979). Read full book review >
ORIENTALISM by Edward W. Said
Released: Nov. 30, 1978

"The book is redundant and not always reasonable, but bound to cut a wide swath and leave its mark."
One may quibble with the title: this is a study of Islamic Orientalism solely, of Western representations of the Near East, with little or no direct reference to Persia, India, China, Japan. Read full book review >