Readings on Islam

Middle East, Islam, and U.S. policy

Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present
Michael B. Oren

From Beirut to Jerusalem
Thomas L. Friedman

Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid
Jimmy Carter

Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone
Rajiv Chadrasekaran

The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood
Rashid Khalidi

The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace
Dennis Ross

No god but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam
Reza Aslan

Blood & Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum
Michael T. Klare

Oil: Anatomy of an Industry
Matthew Yeomans

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
Lawrence Wright

The Assassin's Gate: America in Iraq
George Packer

Thomas Ricks

The Shiite Revival
Vali Nasr

Leon Uris

The Israelis
Donna Rosenthal

Islam: A Short History
Karen Armstrong

Generals in the Cabinet Room
Yoram Peri

The Future of Political Islam
Graham E. Fuller

The Reckoning
Sandra MacKey (she has several other titles on the Middle East worth looking at, too)