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The Road to Fatima Gate: The Beirut Spring, the Rise of Hezbollah, and the Iranian War Against Israel

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The Road to Fatima Gate is a first-person narrative account of revolution, terrorism, and war during history's violent return to Lebanon after fifteen years of quiet. Michael J. Totten's version of events in one of the most volatile countries in the world's most volatile region is one part war correspondence, one part memoir, and one part road movie.

He sets up camp in a tent city built in downtown Beirut by anti-Syrian dissidents, is bullied and menaced by Hezbollah's ...

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Overview

The Road to Fatima Gate is a first-person narrative account of revolution, terrorism, and war during history's violent return to Lebanon after fifteen years of quiet. Michael J. Totten's version of events in one of the most volatile countries in the world's most volatile region is one part war correspondence, one part memoir, and one part road movie.

He sets up camp in a tent city built in downtown Beirut by anti-Syrian dissidents, is bullied and menaced by Hezbollah's supposedly friendly "media relations" department, crouches under fire on the Lebanese-Israeli border during the six-week war in 2006, witnesses an Israeli ground invasion from behind a line of Merkava tanks, sneaks into Hezbollah's postwar rubblescape without authorization, and is attacked in Beirut by militiamen who enforce obedience to the "resistance" at the point of a gun.

From the Cedar Revolution that ousted the occupying Syrian military regime in 2005 to the devastating war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006 to Hezbollah's slow-motion but violent assault on Lebanon's elected government and capital, Totten's account is both personal and comprehensive. He simplifies the bewildering complexity of the Middle East; gains access to major regional plays as Well as to the man on the street; and personally witnesses most of the events he describes. The Road to Fatima Gate should be indispensable reading for anyone interested in the Middle East, Iran's expansionist foreign policy, the Arab-Israeli conflict, asymmetric warfare, and terrorism in the aftermath of September 11.

Winner of the 2011 Washington Institute Book Prize Silver Medal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594036422
  • Publisher: Encounter Books
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Michael J. Totten is a foreign correspondent and foreign-policy analyst who has reported from the Middle East, the Balkans, and the Caucasus. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News, City Journal, LA Weekly, the Jerusalem Post, Beirut’s Daily Star, Reason Magazine, Azure Magazine, and the Australian edition of Newsweek. He is a contributing editor at World Affairs and City Journal and writes regularly for Commentary. He lives with his wife and two cats in Portland, Oregon, and is a former resident of Beirut. Visit his website at MichaelTotten.com.
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Table of Contents


Introduction: The Beirut Spring
Chapter One: The Iranian Revolution in Lebanon
Chapter Two: Hanging with Hezbollah
Chapter Three: The Shatter Zone
Chapter Four: Everything Could Explode at Any Moment
Chapter Five: The July War
Chapter Six: Hezbollah's Putsch
Chapter Seven: So This is Our Victory
Chapter Eight: The Solution is in Tehran
Chapter Nine: Guns in the Capital
Chapter Ten: The Resistance Against the Resistance
Chapter Eleven: A Hurricane in the Land of the Cedars
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  • Posted November 9, 2012

    Award winning!

    This is Michael's first book and one of his best. Michael won the Washington Institute's Silver Book Prize for this one. It is a lively self-reported adventure story of living in the Middle East through an important era. Great honesty, a bit of self-deprecation, and humor mixes with bullet flying excitement. Strongly recommended!

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