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Lebanon: A House Dividedby Sandra Mackey
Synopses & Reviews
With the West's economic and security interests increasingly at stake in the Middle East, it is impossible to ignore Lebanon--a nation in all ways divided and tormented by the interplay between the West and the Arab world. Sandra Mackey delineates the multifarious culture that is Lebanon; carefully stripping away the complex stigmas of Lebanese politics, she brings each component into focus, priming readers on the conflicts between Sunni and Shia, Maronites and Druze, Christian and Muslim, Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization, Lebanon and Palestine, and Syria and Lebanon. Covering Lebanon's history through the civil war of 197589, and with a new introduction on recent developments, Mackey lays the groundwork needed to comprehend this often ill-understood country--offering insight into its role as the gateway between West and East, and bringing clarity of focus to the schisms that serve to divide and define Lebanon.
Book News Annotation:
In examining the political divisions that led Lebanon to spiral into civil war in the 1980s, journalist Mackey is principally concerned with explaining to nonspecialist Western audiences the key factors that contributed to anti-Western feelings in Lebanon and the wider region. She thus describes the views and actions of rival religious and ethnic communities (Shias, Sunnis, Druze, Maronite Christians, Palestinian refugees, etc.); the legacy of French colonialism; and foreign interference by Syria, Israel, and the United States in the years leading up to the civil war. This is a paperbound edition of a work first published in 1989 as Lebanon: Death of a Nation. A second volume focused on more recent years is anticipated. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
With a new introduction by the author, a seminal study of Lebanon's past, present, and future.
"Of all the countries in the bewildering Middle East, surely the most difficult to comprehend must be Lebanon. . . . Half the battle of understanding Lebanon is merely being able to tell who's who among the contending parties. Ms. Mackay . . . helps us meet this challenge well by offering lucid, dramatic histories of the peoples of Lebanon".--The New York Times.
About the Author
Sandra Mackey is a veteran journalist who has written many books on the Middle East, including The Reckoning: Iraq and the Legacy of Saddam Hussein, The Saudis, and The Iranians. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
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