Best Lebanon History Books

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1. Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations

Author: by Ronen Bergman
January 30, 2018

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The first definitive history of the Mossad, Shin Bet, and the IDF’s targeted killing programs, hailed by The New York Times as an exceptional work, a humane book about an incendiary subject. WINNER OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD IN HISTORYNAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY JENNIFER SZALAI, THE NEW YORK TIMES NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Economist The New York Times Book Review BBC History Magazine Mother Jones Kirkus Reviews The Talmud says: If someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first.

This instinct to take every measure, even the most aggressive, to defend the Jewish people is hardwired into Israel’s DNA. From the very beginning of its statehood in 1948, protecting the nation from harm has been the responsibility of its intelligence community and armed services, and there is one weapon in their vast arsenal that they have relied upon to thwart the most serious threats: Targeted assassinations have been used countless times, on enemies large and small, sometimes in response to attacks against the Israeli people and sometimes preemptively.

2. From Beirut to Jerusalem

Author: by Thomas L. Friedman
656 pages

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“If you’re only going to read one book on the Middle East, this is it.”-Seymour M. HershOne of the most thought-provoking books ever written about the Middle East, From Beirut to Jerusalem remains vital to our understanding of this complex and volatile region of the world.

Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas L. Friedman drew upon his ten years of experience reporting from Lebanon and Israel to write this now-classic work of journalism. In a new afterword, he updates his journey with a fresh discussion of the Arab Awakenings and how they are transforming the area, and a new look at relations between Israelis and Palestinians, and Israelis and Israelis.

Rich with anecdote, history, analysis, and autobiography, From Beirut to Jerusalem will continue to shape how we see the Middle East for many years to come.

3. Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah's War Against America

Author: by Fred Burton
400 pages

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From the New York Times bestselling coauthors of Under Fire-the riveting story of the kidnapping and murder of CIA Station Chief William Buckley. After a deadly terrorist bombing at the American embassy in Lebanon in 1983, only one man inside the CIA possessed the courage and skills to rebuild the networks destroyed in the blast: William Buckley.

But the new Beirut station chief quickly became the target of a young terrorist named Imad Mughniyeh. Beirut Rules is the pulse-by-pulse account of Buckley’s abduction, torture, and murder at the hands of Hezbollah terrorists. Drawing on never-before-seen government documents as well as interviews with Buckley’s co-workers, friends and family, Burton and Katz reveal how the relentless search for Buckley in the wake of his kidnapping ignited a war against terror that continues to shape the Middle East to this day.

4. Israel: A History

Author: by Martin Gilbert
Custom House

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The most comprehensive account of Israeli history yet published. The Sunday TelegraphAn epic history … A picture of an Israel that persevered and prevailed, that was determined to survive and was unwilling to trust its independence to others but sought peace whenever possible.

Foreign AffairsIsrael is a small and relatively young country, but since the day of its creation more than half a century ago, its turbulent history has placed it squarely at the center of the world stage. For two millennia the Jews, dispersed all over the world, prayed for a return to Zion.

Until the nineteenth century, that dream seemed a fantasy, but then a secular Zionist movement was born and soon the initial trickle of Jewish immigrants to Palestine turned into a flood as Jews fled persecution in Europe. From these beginnings, preeminent historian Martin Gilbert traces the events and personalities that would lead to the sudden, dramatic declaration of Statehood in May 1948.

From that point on, Israel’s history has been dominated by conflict: Suez, the Six Day War, the Yom Kippur War, the Lebanon and the Intifada. Using contemporary documents and eyewitness accounts, and drawing on his own intimate knowledge of the country and its people, Martin Gilbert weaves together a riveting, page-turning history of a powerful and proud nation, from the struggles of its pioneers in the nineteenth century up to the present day.

5. Banking on the State: The Financial Foundations of Lebanon (Stanford Studies in Middle Eastern and Islamic Societies and Cultures)

Author: by Hicham Safieddine
Stanford University Press
272 pages

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In 1943, Lebanon gained its formal political independence from France; only after two more decades did the country finally establish a national central bank. Inaugurated on April 1, 1964, the Banque du Liban (BDL) was billed by Lebanese authorities as the nation’s primary symbol of economic sovereignty and as the last step towards full independence.

In the local press, it was described as a means of projecting state power and enhancing national pride. Yet the history of its foundingstretching from its Ottoman origins in mid-nineteenth century up until the mid-twentiethtells a different, more complex story.

Banking on the State reveals how the financial foundations of Lebanon were shaped by the history of the standardization of economic practices and financial regimes within the decolonizing world. The system of central banking that emerged was the product of a complex interaction of war, economic policies, international financial regimes, post-colonial state-building, global currents of technocratic knowledge, and private business interests.

6. A History of Modern Lebanon

Author: by Fawwaz Traboulsi
Pluto Press
320 pages

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This is the second updated edition of the first comprehensive history of Lebanon in the modern period. Written by a leading Lebanese scholar, and based on previously inaccessible archives, it is a fascinating and beautifully-written account of one of the world’s most fabled countries.

Starting with the formation of Ottoman Lebanon in the 16th century, Traboulsi covers the growth of Beirut as a capital for trade and culture through the 19th century. The main part of the book concentrates on Lebanon’s development in the 20th century and the conflicts that led up to the major wars in the 1970s and 1980s.

This edition contains a new chapter and updates throughout the text. This is a rich history of Lebanon that brings to life its politics, its people and the crucial role that it has always played in world affairs.

7. Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel, and the Palestinians (Updated Edition)

Author: by Noam Chomsky
Haymarket Books
January 26, 2015

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One of the definitive works on the Israeli Palestinian conflict from the celebrated New York Timesbestselling author of Hopes and Prospects (Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! And author of Breaking the Sound Barrier). From its establishment to the present day, Israel has enjoyed a unique position in the American roster of international friends.

In Fateful Triangle, Noam Chomsky explores the character and historical development of this special relationship. The resulting work may be the most ambitious book ever attempted on the conflict between Zionism and the Palestinians viewed as centrally involving the United States.

It is a dogged expos of human corruption, greed, and intellectual dishonesty. It is also a great and important book, which must be read by anyone concerned with public affairs (Edward W. Said, from the foreword). A devastating collection of charges aimed at Israeli and American policies that affect the Palestinian Arabs negatively.

Library Journal Brilliant and unscrupulous. The Observer A major, timely and devastating analysis of one of the great tragedies. The Tribune Formidable. The Jewish Quarterly

8. Phoenicians: Lebanon's Epic Heritage

Author: by Sanford Holst
413 pages

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The mysterious Phoenicians and the ancient Mediterranean are experienced in richer detail than ever before in this well researched and intriguing narrative. Instead of seeing darkness in the years before classical Greece, we now see glimmers of light revealing a continuous parade of remarkable societies, great leaders and epic events.

Drawing back the veil of secrecy surrounding the Phoenicians uncovers new glimpses of Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and people of other societies. Sanford Holst is one of the world’s leading authorities on the Phoenicians, and appears in the BBC series Ancient Worlds.

Elected a member of the prestigious Royal Historical Society for his work in this field, Holst has presented academic papers on the Phoenicians at universities around the world. Working with respected experts, often on-site, he has added photos, sources, and ten years of additional research to his previous work.

This is a walk through the idyllic ancient Mediterranean you will long remember.

9. Adrift: How Our World Lost Its Way

Author: by Amin Maalouf
World Editions
September 1, 2020

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The bestselling author of The Crusades Through Arab Eyes traces how civilizations have drifted apart throughout the 20th century and now lack the solidarity to address global threats to humankind. Maalouf is a thoughtful, humane and passionate interlocutor. The New York Times Book ReviewThe United States is on the verge of losing all moral credibility.

The European Union is in the process of breaking apart. The Arab world is embroiled in crisis. Thus divided and lacking solidarity, humanity is unable to address global threats to the environment and our health. How did we get here and what is yet to come?

World-renowned scholar and bestselling author of The Crusades Through Arab Eyes, Amin Maalouf, is awake to the dangerous consequences we are about to face. In Adrift, Maalouf traces how civilizations have drifted apart throughout the 20th century, mixing personal narrative and historical analysis to provide a warning signal for the future.

10. The Israel-Arab Reader: A Documentary History of the Middle East Conflict: Eighth Revised and Updated Edition

Author: by Walter Laqueur
Penguin Books
608 pages

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An essential resource, newly revised and updated In print for nearly half a century, and now in its eighth edition, The Israel-Arab Reader is an authoritative guide to over a century of conflict in the Middle East. It covers the full spectrum of a violent and checkered historythe origins of Zionism and Arab nationalism, the struggles surrounding Israel’s independence in 1948, the Six-Day War and other wars and hostilities over the decades, and the long diplomatic process and many peace initiatives.

Arranged chronologically and without bias by two veteran historians of the Middle East, this comprehensive reference brings together speeches, letters, articles, and reports involving all the major interests in the area. The eighth edition features a new introduction as well as a large new sectionmore than 40 pagesrecounting developments over the last decade, including the intra-Palestinian factional strife between Fatah and Hamas, the roles played by Egypt and Iran in the region, enduring arguments over a two-state solution and the right of return for Palestinian refugees, and issues of human rights abuse and terrorism.

11. And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East

Author: by Richard Engel
Simon & Schuster

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A major New York Times bestseller by NBC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engelthis riveting story of the Middle East revolutions, the Arab Spring, war, and terrorism seen close up should be required reading (Booklist, starred review). In 1997, young Richard Engel, working freelance for Arab news sources, got a call that a busload of Italian tourists was massacred at a Cairo museum.

This is his first view of the carnage these years would pile on. Over two decades he has been under fire, blown out of hotel beds, and taken hostage. He has watched Mubarak and Morsi in Egypt arrested and condemned, reported from Jerusalem, been through the Lebanese war, covered the shooting match in Iraq and the Libyan rebels who toppled Gaddafi, reported from Syria as Al-Qaeda stepped in, and was kidnapped in the Syrian cross currents of fighting.

Engel takes the reader into Afghanistan with the Taliban and to Iraq with ISIS. In the page-turning And Then All Hell Broke Loose, he shares his quick-paced… Thrilling adventure story (Associated Press). Engel takes chances, though not reckless ones, keeps a level head and a sense of humor, as well as a grasp of history in the making.

12. An Arabian Journey: One Man's Quest Through the Heart of the Middle East

Author: by Levison Wood
Grove Press
368 pages

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Following in the footsteps of famed explorers such as Lawrence of Arabia and Wilfred Thesiger, British explorer Levison Wood brings us along on his most complex expedition yet: a circumnavigation of the Arabian Peninsula. Starting in September 2017 in a city in Northern Syria, a stone’s throw away from Turkey and amidst the deadliest war of the twenty-first century, Wood set forth on a 5,000-mile trek through the most contested region on the planet.

He moved through the Middle East for six months, from ISIS-occupied Iraq through Kuwait and along the jagged coastlines of the Emirates and Oman; across a civil-war-torn Yemen and on to Saudia Arabia, Jordan, and Israel, before ending on the shores of the Mediterranean in Lebanon.

Like his predecessors, Wood travelled through some of the harshest and most beautiful environments on earth, seeking to challenge our perceptions of this often-misunderstood part of the world. Through the relationships he forges along the wayand the personal histories and local mythologies that his companions shareWood examines how the region has changed over thousands of years and reveals a side of the Middle East we don’t often see in the media.

13. Lebanon: A Country in Fragments

Author: by Andrew Arsan
Hurst (May 1, 2020)
520 pages

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Lebanon seems a country in the grip of permanent crisis. In recent years it has suffered blow after blow, from Rafiq Hariri’s assassination in 2005, to the 2006 July War, to the current Syrian conflict, which has brought a million refugees streaming into the country.

This is an account not just of Lebanon’s high politics, with its endless rows, walk-outs, machinations and foreign alliances, but also of the politics of everyday life: all the stresses and strains the country’s inhabitants face, from electricity black-outs and uncollected rubbish to stagnatingwages and property bubbles.

Andrew Arsan moves between parliament and the public squares where protesters gather, between luxury high-rises and refugee camps, and between expensive nightclubs and seafront promenades, providing a comprehensive view of Lebanon in the twenty-first century. Where others have treated Lebanon’s woes as exceptional, a by-product of its sectarianism and particular vulnerability to regional crises, Arsan argues that there is nothing particular about Lebanon’s predicament.