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on June 20, 2014
I have found Matt Rees books, including this one, enlightening, and eminently readable. This particular book is a must read for anyone who wants to know more about this critical area of the world. The conclusion I got from reading the book was one I had not thought of before, that Arafat, who won the Noble Peace Prize, secured his power base by keeping up hostilities with Israel.
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on February 12, 2014
This is an excellent book that sheds light on the ins and outs of Palestinian politics under Arafat. Insightful and shrewdly written, it contains quite a lot of information that even presumably "informed" people will find to be new to them. Buy it!
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on January 27, 2013
Despite the authors' claims that they have the inside story on the death of Yasser Arafat (which, btw, is a political pseudonym; he was born Rahman al-Qudwa and took on the names Yasser, and later Arafat to hide his origins), and despite a very compelling account of how Arafat ran his organization (pitting each of his ghoulish deputies against each other), Matthew Kalman and Matt Beynon Rees do not deliver the goods.

All they give us is the suggestion that the cronies closest to him had the most to gain from his demise. No evidence of who did what, how when or why.

If Kalman and Rees actually *do* have the goods, they should have put them in the book and taken on the risk.
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on March 12, 2013
This book shows in plain light how fundamentally corrupt was (and still is) the Palestinian Authority after Arafat was brought back from Tunisia. This situation is compounded by the power struggles between the different factions and the thugs that made them.
With Arafat, corruption was an art form and an end to itself and, as with all totalitarian and self-serving regimes, it was turned upon him who fostered this way of life. Those who suffered most from it were the people.

Too bad that there were so few who called a shovel a bloody spade.
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on February 3, 2013
. . . by Matt, once again for details on the trouble spot in the Middle East. I look for what he writes about for education and entertainment.
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on February 18, 2013
Inteesting in a sense that it touches on some of the bckground of Arafat. As a student of this area and conflict it is a useful e-book.
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on April 12, 2013
This book has explanations for lots of what has gone on and is going on in the middle east.
It seems to have been written by more than one author which interrupts the flow on occasions.
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on February 18, 2013
Well researched and written. Good insider stuff. I enjoy Matt's books about what goes on inside the Palestinian areas. Bravo.
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on March 28, 2013
This may or may not be an accurate, inside account of the end of Yasser Arafat, but I simply don't know enough about the author to be sure. The story he recounts, of decades of sordid intrigue within the PLO, is certainly plausible, though.
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on May 5, 2013
You've probably heard most of this before. An interesting read with no proof and a lot of speculation. More hype than facts
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