Israel's Lebanon War

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Israel's Lebanon War

By Ze'ev Schiff and Ehud Ya'ari
Simon & Schuster, 1984
340 pp. $17.95
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Two talented Israeli journalists have done a stupendous job in tracking down the facts on the origins and the course of "Sharon's war." Published and secret documents, plus interviews with many key Israeli, Lebanese and American participants, provided the raw material for a dramatic narrative that reads like a historical novel, complete with conversations quoted verbatim. As there are no citations, a reader has to take the authors' statements more or less on faith, but they do inspire confidence. They are, incidentally, not neutral observers of this war which they describe as "anchored in delusion, propelled by deceit, and bound to end in calamity."