“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
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.
Cambanis makes the case that this Shiite reawakening in Lebanon sets the stage for another round of do or die matches with Israel and the Shiites led by Iran and the Party of God. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kevin M Quigg
Helpful in understanding Hezbola. However, he presents the differences between Hezbola and Israel with too much moral equalivancy. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Sam Tekoa
This well-written book gives an incisive history of Lebanon in the 21st century. It also provides a very human portrayal of Hezbollah; by human I do not necessarily imply... Read morePublished on August 22, 2011 by Mike B
I give the author 2 stars because there is big effort in this book through on-site reporting and some homework to explain phenomenon. Read morePublished on August 20, 2011 by Samir Kassir
This author is strong with personal portraits but weak in analysis. Constantly accusing the Hizb of fear mongering, he engages in the same tactic. Read morePublished on July 30, 2011 by John L. Nelson
As much as such liberal writers try to be evenhanded, they ultimately betray their sympathy for those who oppose America and/or Israel. Such is the case with this book. Read morePublished on July 30, 2011 by Abe Krieger
Probably the best terrorist organization book I've read this year. Thanassis Cambanis presents a very complex, sometimes mystifying look inside Hezbollah and the citizens of... Read morePublished on April 25, 2011 by Michael Griswold
I've never felt compelled to write a review of a book before, but this book was such a disappointing blend of opinion, superficial analysis, and inaccurate trash masquerading as... Read morePublished on April 14, 2011 by smartcookie