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GREATER THAN A TOURIST-TUNIS TUNISIA: 50 Travel Tips from a Local

By Bella Fraser

Independently published
Paperback (87 pages)

GREATER THAN A TOURIST-TUNIS TUNISIA: 50 Travel Tips from a Local
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Are you excited about planning your next trip?


Do you want to try something new?


Would you like some guidance from a local?


If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Greater Than a Tourist book is for you.


Greater Than a Tourist- Tunis, Tunisia by Bella Fraser offers the inside scoop on Tunis, Tunisia. Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist.  Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Greater Than a Tourist series, this book will give you travel tips from someone who has lived at your next travel destination.


In these pages, you will discover advice that will help you throughout your stay.  This book will not tell you exact addresses or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge from a local that you may not find in other smaller print travel books.


Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and the culture. By the time you finish this book, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination.



Inside this travel guide book you will find:

  • Insider tips from a local.
  • A bonus book 50 Things to Know About Packing Light for Travel by bestselling author Manidipa Bhattacharyya.
  • Packing and planning list.
  • List of travel questions to ask yourself or others while traveling.
  • A place to write your travel bucket list.


Our Story


Traveling is a passion of the "Greater than a Tourist" series creator. Lisa studied abroad in college, and for their honeymoon Lisa and her husband toured Europe. During her travels to Malta, an older man tried to give her some advice based on his own experience living on the island since he was a young boy. She was not sure if she should talk to the stranger but was interested in his advice. When traveling to some places she was wary to talk to locals because she was afraid that they weren’t being genuine. Through her travels, Lisa learned how much locals had to share with tourists. Lisa created the Greater Than a Tourist book series to help connect people with locals. A topic that locals are very passionate about sharing.

In Search of the Phoenicians (Miriam S. Balmuth Lectures in Ancient History and Archaeology)

By Josephine Quinn

Princeton University Press
Hardcover (360 pages)

In Search of the Phoenicians (Miriam S. Balmuth Lectures in Ancient History and Archaeology)
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Who were the ancient Phoenicians, and did they actually exist?

The Phoenicians traveled the Mediterranean long before the Greeks and Romans, trading, establishing settlements, and refining the art of navigation. But who these legendary sailors really were has long remained a mystery. In Search of the Phoenicians makes the startling claim that the “Phoenicians” never actually existed. Taking readers from the ancient world to today, this monumental book argues that the notion of these sailors as a coherent people with a shared identity, history, and culture is a product of modern nationalist ideologies―and a notion very much at odds with the ancient sources.

Josephine Quinn shows how the belief in this historical mirage has blinded us to the compelling identities and communities these people really constructed for themselves in the ancient Mediterranean, based not on ethnicity or nationhood but on cities, family, colonial ties, and religious practices. She traces how the idea of “being Phoenician” first emerged in support of the imperial ambitions of Carthage and then Rome, and only crystallized as a component of modern national identities in contexts as far-flung as Ireland and Lebanon.

In Search of the Phoenicians delves into the ancient literary, epigraphic, numismatic, and artistic evidence for the construction of identities by and for the Phoenicians, ranging from the Levant to the Atlantic, and from the Bronze Age to late antiquity and beyond. A momentous scholarly achievement, this book also explores the prose, poetry, plays, painting, and polemic that have enshrined these fabled seafarers in nationalist histories from sixteenth-century England to twenty-first century Tunisia.

Our Lives Are But Stories: Narratives of Tunisian-Israeli Women (Raphael Patai Series in Jewish Folklore and Anthropology)

By Esther Schely-Newman

Brand: Wayne State University Press
Released: 2002-08-01
Hardcover (232 pages)

Our Lives Are But Stories: Narratives of Tunisian-Israeli Women (Raphael Patai Series in Jewish Folklore and Anthropology)
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Our Lives Are But Stories explores the crucial role of personal storytelling in the lives of a unique generation of women-Jewish women who left the Muslim country of Tunisia to settle in the newly created Israeli state. To this day, the older generation of Tunisian Israelis continues to rely on storytelling as a form of education, entertainment, and socialization. But for women this art has taken on new dimensions, especially as they seek to impart their values to the young. Here Esther Schely-Newman expertly interweaves the personal accounts of the private lives of four Tunisian-Israeli women to analyze the rich complexities of communication. She considers how various approaches to narration reflect storytelling as a cultural phenomenon and highlights the need to understand stories in the contexts in which they are told.

The four narrators grew up in a culture in which women's stories were confined to the private sphere, were usually told to other women, and were supposedly fiction-or at least metaphors masking their real lives. Forced migration to farming communities in Israel and the shock of being uprooted created new identities for women and new outlets for storytelling. Women narrators increasingly began to tell more openly of their personal lives. Schely-Newman organizes her narrators' accounts by the themes of childhood, marriage, motherhood, immigration, and old age and considers a wide range of factors that shape the narration, including audience, intent, choice of language, and Jewish-Muslim culture. The result is a fascinating blend of analysis, narration, and history.

Tunisia - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

By Gerald Zarr

Kuperard
Released: 2009-03-24
Paperback (168 pages)

Tunisia - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
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Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships. Culture Smart! offers illuminating insights into the culture and society of a particular country. It will help you to turn your visit-whether on business or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching experience. Contents include: * customs, values, and traditions * historical, religious, and political background * life at home * leisure, social, and cultural life * eating and drinking * do's, don'ts, and taboos * business practices * communication, spoken and unspoken

Tunisian Tales: The 1st Parachute Brigade in North Africa 1942-43

By Niall Cherry

Helion & Company
Paperback (368 pages)

Tunisian Tales: The 1st Parachute Brigade in North Africa 1942-43
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Whilst many books have been written on the history of the Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces in the Second World War, none of them have concentrated solely on the story of the 1st Parachute Brigade in North Africa between 1942 and 1943.

'Tunisian Tales' covers the raising of the Brigade in 1941 and training in the UK before their transfer to the Mediterranean theater of operations. It also covers the three airborne operations carried out by the Brigade there - Bone, Souk-el-Arba and Depienne/Oudna - in great detail.

The book is complemented by around 90 photos many never published before, several maps (including one used by Lieutenant Colonel Pearson when in command of the 1st Parachute Battalion) and coverage of the Airborne Medical Services in the area, besides extensive appendices.

This is Niall's third book for Helion following on from his highly successful previous titles - 'Most Unfavourable Ground' and 'Striking Back'. As in his previous works, detailed research has been carried out using official reports, war diaries and veterans' accounts. The book has the full approval of 'Airborne Assault', the Museum of the Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces at Duxford, and we are delighted that its curator, Jon Baker, has contributed the Foreword.

'Tunisian Tales' represents a notable contribution to new research into the history of Britain's airborne forces.

Exit Rommel: The Tunisian Campaign, 1942-43 (Stackpole Military History)

By Bruce Allen Watson

Stackpole Books
Paperback (240 pages)

Exit Rommel: The Tunisian Campaign, 1942-43 (Stackpole Military History)
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  • Story of the defeat of the legendary Desert Fox
  • Analyzes Rommel's generalship
  • Details logistical difficulties and the erosion of weapons quality of the Afrika Korps

    In the sands of North Africa during the early years of World War II, German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel burnished his reputation as the "Desert Fox." After a string of successes, Rommel's fortunes began to sour with the battles of El Alamein, where the British under Bernard Montgomery halted Axis expansion in the fall of 1942, followed days later by the American landings in Morocco and Algeria. As the Americans drove the Germans into Tunisia from the west and the British from the east, Rommel routed U.S. forces at Kasserine Pass. After his last-ditch attack at Medenine was repulsed, the Desert Fox was forced to evacuate, leaving much of his fabled force to Allied captivity.

  • TUNISIA'S NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Why "Rogue Elephants" Fail to Reform

    By Noureddine Jebnoun

    New Academia Publishing
    Paperback (182 pages)

    TUNISIA S NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Why "Rogue Elephants" Fail to Reform
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    Drawing on extensive fieldwork and original data, this book examines the political and security evolution of Tunisia’s national intelligence in the post-independence era. It investigates the sophistication of the intelligence complex under Bin ʿAlī and its central role in entrenching his authoritarian rule. The increased politicization of intelligence services contributed to the consolidation of power and the abuse of Tunisian citizens through the pervasive securitization of the public and private spheres and the intrusive penetration of society. The wide-range of illegal activities by Tunisia’s intelligence services contributed to the establishment of a police security state. However, these services played a critical role in its weakening through their lack of professionalism, their opacity, and their systematic use of intelligence for repression and oppression purposes. The post-uprising era created a new dilemma for intelligence organs in terms of their adjustment to the new socio-political context. The absence of appropriate political vision for the role of intelligence within an emerging democracy, the rise of insecurity in the country and across the region, and the legacy of authoritarianism are hindering any effort to introduce an appropriate “reform.” The difficult transition of the intelligence apparatus’ habits of state-centric security, which has been associated with the regime’s security, to the human-citizen security approach, is likely a major impediment to such reform. Thus, rather than a reform that entails democratic control, accountability, and oversight of the intelligence sector, the country’s secret apparatus experienced a mending process seeking mainly to improve its operational capabilities driven by the discourse of technicalities.

    Making the Tunisian Resurgence

    By Mahmoud Sami Nabi

    Palgrave Macmillan
    Released: 2019-01-24
    Hardcover (205 pages)

    Making the Tunisian Resurgence
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    This book investigates the socioeconomic factors that triggered Tunisia’s "revolution for dignity” and the current issues and challenges facing its economy while suggesting mechanisms and instruments for their resolution. The author begins by analyzing the roots of the revolution and the post-revolution situation from a political sociology perspective and then diagnoses the Tunisian economy before and after the revolution and identifies the multidimensional binding constraints preventing it from escaping the middle-income trap. The book then explores the pillars of an inclusive development strategy that Tunisia should pursue. The emphasis is made on building inclusive institutions, developing a new social contract and reinventing the country's leadership. Beyond the institutional dimension, the author suggests innovative financial channels, discusses the strategy of a successful integration of the Tunisian economy in the global economy as well as the pillars of its transformation into a knowledge-based economy.   

    The Making of the Tunisian Revolution: Contexts, Architects, Prospects

    Edinburgh University Press
    Paperback (344 pages)

    The Making of the Tunisian Revolution: Contexts, Architects, Prospects
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    From late 2010 to the present day, the Arab world has been shot through with insurrection and revolt. As a result, Tunisia is now seen as the unlikely birthplace and exemplar of the process of democratisation long overdue in the Arab world.

    Mixing political, historical, economic, social and cultural analyses and approaches, these essays reflect on the local, regional and transnational dynamics together with the long and short term factors that, when combined, set in motion the Tunisian revolution and the Arab uprisings. Above all, the book maps the intertwined genealogies of cultural dissent that have contributed to the mobilisation of protesters and to the sustenance of protests between 17 December 2010 and 14 January 2011, and beyond.

    Table of Contents:

    Introduction

    Part I: Contexts: Roots of Discontent

    Under the Emperor's Neoliberal Clothes! Why the International Financial Institutions Got it Wrong in Tunisia
    Emma Murphy

    Playing the Islamic Card: The Use and Abuse of Religion in Tunisian Politics
    Kenneth Perkins

    United States Policy towards Tunisia since 1956: What New Engagement after an Expendable Friendship?
    Lofti Ben Rejeb

    'Friends of Tunisia': French Economic and Diplomatic Support of Tunisian Authoritarianism
    Amy Aisen Kallander

    Part II: Architects: Genealogies of Dissent

    From Socio-Economic Protest to National Revolt: Mapping the Workers Origins of the Tunisian Revolution
    Sami Zemni

    The Powers of Social Media
    Tarek Kahlaoui

    Rethinking the Role of the Media in the Tunisian Uprising
    Rikke Hostrup Haugbolle

    Visions of Dissent, Voices of Discontent: Postcolonial Tunisian Film and Song
    Nouri Gana

    Part III: Prospects: The Postrevolutionary Moment

    From Resistance to Governance: The Category of Civility in the Political Theory of Tunisian Islamists, Nadia Marzouki

    Women's Rights before and after the Revolution
    Monica Marks

    The Rise of Salafism and the Future of Democratization
    Fabio Merone and Francesco Cavatorta

    The Fragile Tunisian Democracy-What Prospects for the Future
    Lise Storm

    Postscript: Preserving the Exemplar
    Nouri Gana


     
     
     

     
     
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