I found this book well-written and full of insight. Anyone who has followed the recent history of Lebanon will know that it is difficult not to take sides, the nation's fate arouses strong passions and it is therefore hard to be dispassionate when reporting on it. Fisk, to my mind, generally manages to record the events without overly stamping his own views on the subject matter. Yes, it is sometimes clear where his sympathies lie, but it is not all one-sided as at least one other reviewer would have us believe. If more people in the west read Fisk's book, they would surely understand better and share his concern for the people and the state of Lebanon.