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Armed Struggle and the Search for State: The Palestinian National Movement, 1948-1993
Armed Struggle and the Search for State: The Palestinian National Movement, 1948-1993
By Yezid Sayigh
Oxford University Press, 1997, 953 pp.

With 692 pages of text and 148 pages of notes, this massive work may well be used more as a reference than a book to be read cover to cover. The 68-page bibliography alone offers a treasure trove for scholars, with over 400 interviews as well as internal plo documents and secondary sources. This book, however, provides more than encyclopedic coverage. It is in-depth narrative history at its best. Sayigh presents (perhaps overly) rich detail but always keeps a clear focus on the many individuals, groups, and ideologies that shaped the PLO, linking the story to the ever-changing policies of the Arab states, Israel, and the principal international actors. His detailed history of the Palestinian national movement highlights the distinctive multiparty nature of Middle Eastern politics and diplomacy.