By David Hirst
Lebanon, a rustic no greater than Connecticut, has develop into a battleground for the political, strategic and ideological conflicts of its friends and the good powers. It has come to mirror the wide historic reviews of the trendy heart East. Beware of Small States is a sublime and incisive historical past of Lebanon culminating with the 2006 battle among Israel and Hezbollah and its aftermath. David Hirst—a former heart East correspondent for The Guardian, whose difficult, skeptical voice has earned him demise threats and noticeable him banned from six Arab countries—crafts a story that's crucial for an individual wishing to appreciate the present political weather of the center East.
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