Pity The Nation: The Abduction Of Lebanon

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Pity The Nation: The Abduction Of Lebanon

By Robert Fisk
Atheneum, 1990
678 pp. $24.95

Fisk is a British correspondent who has covered the carnage and chaos of Lebanon since 1975, remaining there after almost all his Western colleagues left. His book reports at some length the unending violence and war from the ground level. One sees the tragedy of the country through the innumerable personal tragedies of individuals and families; in the kaleidoscopic shifts in the power struggles of Lebanese chieftains, sects and private armies; in the purposeful interventions of Syria and Israel and the ineffectuality of international organizations and outside powers, especially the United States. Fisk was a witness to history; his book is firsthand evidence of what has happened to Lebanese society.

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