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.
"Draws a lucid map of an apparently impossible complexity." Newsday
"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.
With a new introduction by the author, a seminal study of Lebanon's past, present, and future.
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.