With a new introduction by the author, a seminal study of Lebanon’s past, present, and future.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.
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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.From Library Journal:
This is an excellent primer on Lebanon and its internal politics for both the general reader and the specialist. In an almost clinical fashion, journalist Mackey strips away the complex nuances of Lebanese politics and looks at each social and ethnic component individually. She covers the historical background and development of Lebanon from antiquity to current day. She analyzes the agony of the contemporary civil war and provides insight into the intertwining of families and power politics. Also discussed is the role of the external regional and world powers, particularly the strong French influence, the American and Israeli interventions, and the Soviet presence. This is an excellent supplement to Michael Hudson's The Precarious Republic (Random, 1968) and Lebanon in Crisis , edited by P. Edward Haley and Lewis W. Snider (Syracuse Univ. Pr., 1979). Well recommended for a wide audience. See also Thomas L. Friedman's From Beirut to Jerusalem , reviewed on p. 95.
- Ed. -- Sanford R. Silverburg, Catawba Coll., Salisbury, N.C.
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Descrizione libro Anchor, 1991. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0385413815