“Depressingly excellent… Lays out the near-brilliant way in which Hezbollah manages to be both the party of the downtrodden and the puppet of two of the area’s most retrograde dictatorships. Cambanis shows how the trick is pulled.”—Christopher Hitchens, Slate, author of Hitch-22 and God Is Not Great
“An indispensable guide to understanding the region’s most formidable extra-state actor. Cambanis skillfully pinpoints the reasons for Hezbollah’s political success. . . . In prose that is often eloquent yet earthy, indicative of scholarly erudition as well as a storyteller’s flair for capturing the complexities of human psychology, Cambanis describes the seemingly contradictory impulses he discovers.”
—The Christian Science Monitor
About the Author
Thanassis a journalist specializing in the Middle East and American foreign policy, and a fellow at The Century Foundation. He writes "The Internationalist" column for The Boston GlobeIdeas and contributes to The Atlantic, The New York Times, Foreign Affairs,
and other publications.Currently he is writing a book about the efforts to build a new political order in Egypt after the January 25 uprising that drove Hosni Mubarak from power. He teaches at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.