Pity the Nation: The Abduction of Lebanon

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Written by one of Britain's most distinguished journalists, this remarkable book is an epic account of the Lebanon conflict by an author who has personally witnessed the carnage of Beirut for twenty-six years. It is a story of western betrayal and the loss of American power and prestige in the Middle East. This book tells, too, in frightening detail, the story of the Middle East's first suicide bombers and their first devastating strike at Americans. Through a combination of war reporting and political analysis. ...
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Overview

Written by one of Britain's most distinguished journalists, this remarkable book is an epic account of the Lebanon conflict by an author who has personally witnessed the carnage of Beirut for twenty-six years. It is a story of western betrayal and the loss of American power and prestige in the Middle East. This book tells, too, in frightening detail, the story of the Middle East's first suicide bombers and their first devastating strike at Americans. Through a combination of war reporting and political analysis. Robert Fisk describes Lebanon's ferocious civil war and subsequent Israeli invasions, the Lebanese militias whose appalling brutality spared no one; the US Marines who found themselves trapped in the horror of Lebanon where many of them were to meet a terrible fate; and the Israelis, who tried to install their own puppet rulers, and with their 1982 invasion provoked war crimes of their own. Fully updated to include the Israeli withdrawal from south Lebanon and Ariel Sharon's electoral victory, this American edition has sixty pages of new material and a revised preface.
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Fisk, a former Middle East correspondent for the London Times , details violence, sundry political factions, the 1982 invasion of Israel, the efforts of the multinational peace-keeping force and the taking of Western hostages. ``A passionate and often angry book describing how Lebanon `humiliated the West, brought shame upon Israel, corrupted the Syrians and destroyed itself,' '' said PW . (Oct.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780671747701
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 10/1/1991
  • Edition description: 1st Touchstone ed
  • Pages: 704

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Chronology of Events
Principal Characters
Map: The Divided City of Beirut
Map: The Multinational Force in Beirut 1982-4
Map: Lebanon
Ch. 1 Sepia Pictures on a Wall: Szymon Datner and the ash pits of Auschwitz 1
Ch. 2 The Keys of Palestine: The foundation of Israel and the Palestinian diaspora 12
Ch. 3 The Pied Piper of Damascus: The rise and fall of the Lebanese state 48
Ch. 4 The Garden of Earthly Delights: Syrians, Palestinians and Israelis in Lebanon 1976-8 92
Ch. 5 The Gentleman from Marjayoun: The United Nations as a prisoner of Lebanon 134
Ch. 6 Let Them Come!: The armies of Lebanon prepare for war 1980-2 160
Ch. 7 No White Flags: Israel invades Lebanon June 1982 199
Ch. 8 The Gravedigger's Diary: The Israeli siege of Beirut June - July 1982 243
Ch. 9 Surgical Precision: The Israeli bombing of Beirut July - August 1982 282
Ch. 10 Dawn at Midnight: The PLO leaves and the Israelis enter west Beirut August - September 1982 319
Ch. 11 Terrorists: The massacre of Palestinians at Sabra and Chatila camps 16-18 September 1982 359
Ch. 12 Pandora's Box: Reporting under siege 401
Ch. 13 The 'Root': The return of the Multinational Force 443
Ch. 14 Beirut Addio: The humiliation of the West in Beirut 493
Ch. 15 The Retreat: The Israelis are forced out of southern Lebanon 1983-5 537
Ch. 16 Wait for Me: 'Islamic Jihad' and the torment of Lebanon 584
Ch. 17 Freedom: The Israeli army retreats behind its borders 628
Ch. 18 The Massacre: Israeli's artillery slaughters 106 Lebanese at Qana 669
Bibliography 691
Index 695
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