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The PLO: The Rise and Fall of the Palestine Liberation Organization
The PLO: The Rise and Fall of the Palestine Liberation Organization
By Jillian Becker
St. Martin's, 1984, 303 pp.

The main lines of the PLO's turbulent story, including the many bloody events in which its factions have been involved, can be followed in this book by a novelist and publicist who has made a specialized study of terrorism. Much of it is based on extensive investigation and rings true. But the background history loses reliability by oversimplification, the author has strong feelings of her own, and the PLO is presented only as a terrorist outfit, never as a political expression or reflection of the Palestinian condition.