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Pity the Nation
by Robert Fisk
This account of the conflict in Lebanon has been revised and updated to contain a substantial epilogue describing recent events such as the release of the British and American hostages, the fall of General Aoun, the assassination of President Moawad, and the impact of the Gulf War on Beirut.
"Pity the Nation" is both an historical document and an eye-witness testament to human savagery. Written by one of Britain's foremost journalists, this book combines political analysis and war reporting; it is an account of the Lebanon conflict by an author who has personally witnessed the carnage of Beirut for over a decade. Gunmen and collaborators, bomber pilots, diplomats, guerillas, feudal politicians journalists, soldiers and kidnappers move through the pages of this history. Arabs and Israelis, East and West - all fall under Fisk's critical, occasionally humorous, and often horrified scrutiny. He witnessed the Israeli siege of West Beirut; was among those who entered the Sabra and Chatila Palestinian camps in 1982 on the day the massacre ended; and observed the destruction of the US Marine headquarters in 1983. A 10,000 word epilogue brings the book up to date, and concludes some particular aspects of Lebanon's story. In Beirut the struggle for power was continued with the rise and fall of General Aoun and the assasination of President Moawad. Outside Lebanon, the Gulf War changed the face of Middle Eastern politics. And in the wake of the Gulf War came the release of the British and American hostages.
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Sepia pictures on a wall - Szymon Datner and the ash pits of Auschwitz; the keys of Palestine - the foundation of Israel and the Palestinian diaspora; the pied piper of Damascus - the rise and fall of the Lebanese state; the garden of earhly delights - Syrians, Palestinians and Israelis in Lebanon 1976-8; the gentleman from Marjayoun - the United Nations as a prisoner of Lebanon; let them come! - the armies of Lebanon prepare for war 1980-2; no white flags - Israel invades Lebanon June 1982; the gravedigger's diary - the Israeli siege of Beirut June-July 1982; surgical precision - the Israeli bombing of Beirut July-August 1982; dawn at midnight - the PLO leaves and the Israelis enter west Beirut August-September 1982; terrorists - the massacre of Palestinians at Sabra and Chatila camps 16-18 September 1982; Pandora's box - reporting under siege.
Pity the Nation: Lebanon at War by Robert Fisk
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