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Pity the Nation

Nation Books

Paperback Published: 24th October 2002
ISBN: 9781560254423
Number Of Pages: 752

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With the Israeli-Palestinian crisis reaching wartime levels, where is the latest confrontation between these two old foes leading? Robert Fisk’s explosive Pity the Nation recounts Sharon and Arafat’s first deadly encounter in Lebanon in the early 1980s and explains why the Israel–Palestine relationship seems so intractable. A remarkable combination of war reporting and analysis by an author who has witnessed the carnage of Beirut for twenty-five years, Fisk, the first journalist to whom bin Laden announced his jihad against the U.S., is one of the world's most fearless and honored foreign correspondents. He spares no one in this saga of the civil war and subsequent Israeli invasion: the PLO, whose thuggish behavior alienated most Lebanese; the various Lebanese factions, whose appalling brutality spared no one; the Syrians, who supported first the Christians and then the Muslims in their attempt to control Lebanon; and the Israelis, who tried to install their own puppets and, with their 1982 invasion, committed massive war crimes of their own. It includes a moving finale that recounts the travails of Fisk’s friend Terry Anderson who was kidnapped by Hezbollah and spent 2,454 days in captivity. Fully updated to include the Israeli withdrawl from south Lebanon and Ariel Sharon's electoral victory over Ehud Barak, this edition has sixty pages of new material and a new preface. “Robert Fisk’s enormous book about Lebanon’s desperate travails is one of the most distinguished in recent times.”—Edward Said

Chronology of Events
Principal Characters
Map: The Divided City of Beirut
Map: The Multinational Force in Beirut 1982-4
Map: Lebanon
Sepia Pictures on a Wall: Szymon Datner and the ash pits of Auschwitzp. 1
The Keys of Palestine: The foundation of Israel and the Palestinian diasporap. 12
The Pied Piper of Damascus: The rise and fall of the Lebanese statep. 48
The Garden of Earthly Delights: Syrians, Palestinians and Israelis in Lebanon 1976-8p. 92
The Gentleman from Marjayoun: The United Nations as a prisoner of Lebanonp. 134
Let Them Come!: The armies of Lebanon prepare for war 1980-2p. 160
No White Flags: Israel invades Lebanon June 1982p. 199
The Gravedigger's Diary: The Israeli siege of Beirut June - July 1982p. 243
Surgical Precision: The Israeli bombing of Beirut July - August 1982p. 282
Dawn at Midnight: The PLO leaves and the Israelis enter west Beirut August - September 1982p. 319
Terrorists: The massacre of Palestinians at Sabra and Chatila camps 16-18 September 1982p. 359
Pandora's Box: Reporting under siegep. 401
The 'Root': The return of the Multinational Forcep. 443
Beirut Addio: The humiliation of the West in Beirutp. 493
The Retreat: The Israelis are forced out of southern Lebanon 1983-5p. 537
Wait for Me: 'Islamic Jihad' and the torment of Lebanonp. 584
Freedom: The Israeli army retreats behind its bordersp. 628
The Massacre: Israeli's artillery slaughters 106 Lebanese at Qanap. 669
Bibliographyp. 691
Indexp. 695
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ISBN: 9781560254423
ISBN-10: 1560254424
Series: Nation Books
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 752
Published: 24th October 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.83 x 13.97  x 4.83
Weight (kg): 0.91
Edition Number: 4