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Praise for Nicholas Blanford’s Killing Mr. Lebanon
 
“A rich piece of storytelling . . . brilliant stuff.”—Scott MacLeod, Middle East correspondent, Time magazine
 
“This is not only a real-life thriller but a story with huge implications for the future of the region. Drawing on more than a decade of experience in Lebanon, Blanford is the man to tell it.”—Richard Beeston, foreign editor, The Times
 
“As gripping as a thriller, yet packed with sober insight . . . required reading for anyone interested in today’s Middle East.”—Joshua Landis, author of SyriaComment.com and associate professor of Middle Eastern studies, University of Oklahoma
 
 “A brisk portrait of the man’s travails and legacy.”—Max Rodenbeck, The New York Review of Books

About the Author

Nicholas Blanford, the Beirut correspondent for The Times of London and The Christian Science Monitor, has lived in Lebanon since 1994. He is a regular contributor to Time magazine and Jane’s Information Group publications. An acknowledged authority on Hezbollah, he has acted as a consultant on Lebanese and Syrian affairs for private firms and government institutions. He has made numerous television and radio appearances, including on Hezbollah’s Al-Manar channel, CBS’s 60 Minutes, CNN and CNN International, Fox, ABC, Irish television, the BBC, National Public Radio, and other American and Canadian radio and television stations. Blanford is the author of Killing Mr. Lebanon: The Assassination of Rafik Hariri and Its Impact on the Middle East.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1St Edition edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400068363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400068364
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Phil Gardner on November 24, 2011
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This is a stunning addition to the sea of books on the Israel-Arab conflict genre. Welcome in that it, unusually for a Western author, approaches the subject from a wholly Arab - in this case Hezebollah - perspective. It makes for enlightening reading. It's also pacy and fluent, mostly resisting the urge to submerge itself in a sea of geo-political babble. For that author Nicholas Blanford, a journalist based in Beirut, deserves immense credit. He has made good use of what are very good sources within Hezbollah and southern Lebanon to lace the book with facts, revelations and detailed descriptions. Much of it enters the public domain for the first time here. The book is at its best when Blanford writes about his own experiences on the ground, whether the claustrophobic search for Hezbollah bunkers or amidst the carnage after the 1996 Israeli shelling on the UN outpost at Cana. However, this is still an imperfect book. There are no maps of southern Lebanon, nor pictures of the main characters or events. Organisational charts tabling the rise of Hezbollah are also missing. Blanford covers this in the early chapters, but the chart would have been a handy reference point to flip to later in the book. The strength of Blanford's sources are, paradoxically, also a weakness of the book. Hezbollah, by Blanford's admission, are masters of disinformation and in some parts a reader is never quite sure where the truth begins and ends. Blanford also does not subject Hezbollah to any rigour over some of their actions, notably why their fighters retreated into Cana's UN outpost in 1996, thus inviting Israeli shelling. But don't let these oversights dim your enthusiasm. This book remains an essential read, particularly as the Israelis and Hezbollah prepare for another war.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shane on October 2, 2013
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The most comprehensive, easy to read, accounting of Hizballah I have ever read. Hard to put down. A must read for anyone with serious need to learn about this organization/terror group.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason D. Sands on October 16, 2013
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Blanford has spent decades covering Hezbollah and he fills the book with personal experiences in southern Lebanon. Some might not like the book, because most of the focus is on Hezbollah and he does not portray Israel in the best light. The author doesn't sugar coat anything.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hildehardo Viado Jr. on April 11, 2012
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Purchased the book for my kindle at a low price...delivered in seconds. Great read if you want to know the history between the conflict between Hezbollah and Israel. Purchased the book for a Graduate course in Middle East policy.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rabbit the Reader on February 7, 2015
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Blanford is an American that is also a Lebanese patriot in the sense that he pretty much despises anyone in Lebanon with a gun that is not par tof the regular army or the polices. Most regretfully the number of people in Lebanon with guns is probably higher than it is in the States, the difference is that their assault rifles really are assault rifles, they don't just look like them.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Etienne Westmont on July 9, 2013
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A really fascinating study of a unique organization in the Middle East. Blanford's thorough analysis of Iran's Viet Cong could use a follow-up considering current events and Hezbollah's unabashed enforcement of Persian policy.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LVT06 on April 20, 2014
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Reluctantly, this book gets three stars for blurring the tremendous factual reporting with the poignant personal narrative. Blanford's work is admirable in it's depth and first-hand, non-establishment perspective. But the reader is left wanting more -- either more concise geo-political assessment (Iran's influence, Syria's aid, post-9/11 strategies, etc) or more cohesive personal interviews with leaders and citizens. Tackling both is ambitious and cumbersome. Definitely read the first and last chapters but only skim the remainder for hidden nuggets of info.
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7 of 15 people found the following review helpful By William Garrison Jr. VINE VOICE on November 19, 2011
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"Warriors of God: Inside Hezbollah's Thirty-Year Struggle Against Israel" by Nicholas Blanford (Oct. 2011), [522 pgs of text & index, not 544 pages: a pre-pub error]; not to be confused with "Warriors of God" (regarding the Third Crusade) by James Reston (Oct. 2002). The author is the Beirut correspondent for `The Times' and `The Christian Science Monitor'; he has resided in Lebanon since 1994. He has studied the birth and development of the Shia-oriented Hezbollah political and military movement, which was handmaidened by the Shia-oriented, Islamist government of Iran (which refers to the pro-Israel U.S. government as `The Great Satan'). This book isn't like a college-level history book of Lebanon's civil-war conflict between the feuding and fighting groups of Sunni, Shiites, Druz, Christians, Maronites and other sects. Instead, it is the author's polished `notebook' of observations of his personal experiences in Lebanon as he reported on the Lebanon conflict. [If you have access to Amazon's "Look Inside" feature, you can review several pages of this book.] I'm not going to recount all of the names of the politicians that the author interviewed, nor his coverage of the battles he observed between Hezbollah and the Israeli Army that occupied southern Lebanon. Undoubtedly various Lebanon scholars or Israeli military specialists will bemoan the author's lack of having the `Grand Overall Perspective' of the Lebanon-Israeli war, but, the author recounts what he saw - which made for interesting reading to me. This book contains many snippets of the author's driving along roads and observed how sobbing villagers reacted to Israeli airstrikes against nearby Hezbollah militia positions, and his encountering Israeli journalists touring the area seeking their human-interest stories, too.Read more ›
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