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Beware of Small States

Lebanon, Battleground of the Middle East

By David Hirst

  • ISBN13: 9781568586571
  • Pub Date: 03/08/2011 | Price: $19.99 / $23.00 CAN
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Trim: 6.00 x 9.00 Inches | 496 Pages
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About the Book

In this magisterial history of Lebanon, from the end of Ottoman rule to the Hezbollah and Hamas wars of today, acclaimed and fiercely independent Middle East journalist and historian David Hirst charts the interplay between a uniquely complex country and the broader struggles of the modern Middle East. Lebanon is the battleground on which the region's greater states pursue their strategic, political, and ideological conflicts--conflicts that sometimes escalate into full-scale proxy wars. Hirst warns that only serious diplomatic action from the Obama administration can prevent the next such action from engulfing the entire region.

About the Author

David Hirst was for many years the Middle Eastern correspondent of The Guardian. His seminal book on the Arab-Israeli conflict, The Gun and the Olive Branch, was published in 1977 and in a massively updated new edition in 2003. He has been banned from six Arab countries and kidnapped twice in the course of his distinguished career. He writes regularly for The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Toronto Globe and Mail, Daily Star (Lebanon), Al-Ahram (Egypt). He divides his time between Lebanon and Cyprus.