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Fateful Triangle United States Rev Edition by Noam Chomsky
Fateful Triangle United States Rev Edition

Eric Romsted, August 26, 2006

The first thing prospective readers should know is that this is not (despite the implication of the title) a general review of of Israeli-Palistinian-US relations. Almost half of the book is taken up by a detailed analysis of the 1982 war in Lebanon. This would have made sense in 1983 when the book was originally published, but 20 years it later makes for a skewed focus. The first few chapters provide some rather spotty background history. And the additional material in the new addition is essentially a few slightly reworked Z Magazine articles which are not integrated into the rest of the book. Even for the events focused on, this book is not designed as a complete history. Rather, in typical Chomsky fashion, it is designed to be an antidote the to incomplete history provided by the mainstream media. The style of the book is also classical Chomsky; an almost stream of conciousness flow of information demolishing the standard historical explination and bolstering his own. However, put together, these two factors make the book difficult to follow for a reader not already well versed in the events.

Despite these flaws, I am generally persuaded by his analysis. However, after slogging through this book I felt that the lasting knowledge I will take from it could have been fit into 100 pages rather than 550. So unless you have a serious interest in the 1982 war in Lebanon this probably isn't the book for you.

Given recent events, Fateful Triangle unfortunantly takes on renewed relavence.
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