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Beware of Small States: Lebanon, Battleground of the Middle East Paperback – March 8, 2011
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But the book's slightly skewed point of view is easily outweighed by its many virtues. It is great history, full of amazing detail and thorough research.Read more ›
Here, in Hirst's latest opus...he picks up from that period...carefully documented presenting the reader with events and players within the Levant prior to 1919 Paris Peace conference --replete with Weizmann quotes and forward.
It must be read... an absolutely essential comprehensive "BIG PICTURE" epic history, in the same way that David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" did. .the era & series of events and schemes and epic historical narrative that will open minds & rip veils from the eyes of those who remain uninformed --whether as a result of inadequate public education in north america as well as the infinitely well oiled & funded propaganda machines that have driven North American ignorance for more than a century..Read more ›
Having said all this, I thought the book did have some high points- as a history of the Arab-Israeli conflict the book is quite readable and makes some interesting points regarding the politics of the Middle East. Furthermore, Hirst `s writing is lively and detailed (the chapter on Sabra and Shatila is especially good). To be sure, Hirst blames Israel for most of Lebanon's woes and as a history it is biased but as a political work it makes some well-reasoned arguments (see Hirst's reasons for Hezbollah's rise and his discussion of Israel's more recent military ventures). All in all, the book is good as a well-reasoned critique of Israel but weaker as a discussion of the creation, disintegration, and continuing struggle of Lebanon.
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I was looking for an updated account of the Lebanon troubled history, so when I knew of this book, written by a veteran journalist with decades of experience about reporting the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Pablo Calahorra Gonzalez
I have not finished this book, but the first chapter I read was concise and in-depth. This is a relatively new subject of scrutiny for me, so I am unable to say whether the... Read morePublished on February 2, 2014 by buckyball59
So much going on in our world. So little we know as truth. Okay, getting a little political here so I'll stop. Educate yourselves.Published on December 27, 2012 by faith
This book, in any future survey of lebanon, will be a seminal read for the historical context of the not only Lebanon, but the Levant of the MiddleEast. Read morePublished on October 27, 2012 by Jon Micheal Swearingen
Still able to learn, I am enjoying this book, "Beware of Small States:Lebanon, Battleground of the Middle East" because it makes some sense of the tribal, political,religious,... Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by Harshjudge
Crisis and foreign intervention go hand in hand in Lebanon. The diplomatic excesses and Machiavellian schemes of foreign states in Lebanon have left a depressing legacy in the... Read morePublished on August 10, 2012 by Deen Sharp
The Guardians former Middle East correspondent and long term resident of Beirut (kidnapped twice) has penned a fine book telling the story of Lebanons role (putting the occupied... Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by S Wood
the best historical review of a country and a region that there is in print-a must read for those who want to know more about LebanonPublished on June 13, 2012 by ron