Under Siege: P.L.O. Decisionmaking During the 1982 War

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A fascinating and often terrifying firsthand account of the 1982 war in Lebanon, Under Siege vividly reveals the complex negotiations and military maneuvers which ended with the evacuation of the P.L.O. from Beirut. Rashid Khalidi, a Palestinian, lived with his family in Beirut during the siege and ensuing massacres. Using many usually inaccessible sources, such as P.L.O. telexes and government messages, and interviews with key military officials and diplomats, he tells the story from the compelling viewpoint of ...

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Overview

A fascinating and often terrifying firsthand account of the 1982 war in Lebanon, Under Siege vividly reveals the complex negotiations and military maneuvers which ended with the evacuation of the P.L.O. from Beirut. Rashid Khalidi, a Palestinian, lived with his family in Beirut during the siege and ensuing massacres. Using many usually inaccessible sources, such as P.L.O. telexes and government messages, and interviews with key military officials and diplomats, he tells the story from the compelling viewpoint of those living amid the fighting. Khalidi provides a carefully detailed picture of the P.L.O. from within, the local Lebanese environment, the military pressure on the P.L.O. and Palestinian and Lebanese civilians, and of U.S. diplomacy during the crisis. While focusing primarily on the inner workings of the P.L.O., the author also addresses various aspects of Lebanese and inter-Arab politics and examines the military and diplomatic behavior of involved outside parties such as the United States, France, and the former Soviet Union.

Offering a totally new perspective on the longest Arab-Israeli war since 1948, Under Siege will have broad appeal to those in international relations, Middle East studies, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the general reader interested in American foreign relations and the Middle East.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Bulletin (British Society for Middle Eastern Studies) - Fawaz A. Gerges

A gold-mine of empirical evidence and insights for students of decision-making under crisis. Khalidi is first and foremost an involved historian... [his] work is a much needed and welcome contribution to the modern literature on Middle Eastern history and politics.

Middle East Journal

A unique perspective on PLO decisionmaking not available in materials previously published by Israeli and Western writers.

Foreign Affairs

A first-rate study.

Military Affairs

Khalidi is eloquent and judicious.... The reader is rewarded with many insights into guerilla warfare... equally valuable and compelling are his sketches of how military peace-keeping failed because of American diplomatic naïveté. Under Siege is painful to read. It is also essential.

International Affairs

Khalidi's very thorough analysis will provide vital material for historians of this most futile and destructive of all wars between Israel and its Arab neighbors.

The New York Times - Thomas L. Friedman

An extremely valuable analysis of how and why the P.L.O. made the decisions it did during that fateful summer of 1982. For students of the Middle East, his generally objective, lucid and incisive account of P.L.O. decisionmaking fills a critical void in the literature about the Israeli invasion.

Journal of Palestine Studies - Ibrahim Abu-Lughod

[An] important study.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231061865
  • Publisher: Perseus (for Columbia University Press)
  • Publication date: 12/24/1985
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 254
  • Lexile: 1570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Rashid Khalidi is a professor of history at the University of Chicago.

Columbia University Press

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