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4.0 out of 5 stars The only book yet about IDF's most formidable Arab enemy
Wasn't exactly what I was hoping to read as the book was more into the history of Hezbollah rather than a description of the successful tactics that have paralysed the Israeli Army. However, it does uncover the most important element in Hezbollah's success, which made it vastly superior to any other Arab Army, and it can be summarised into one word "Motivation"...
Published on 4 Jan 1998

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3.0 out of 5 stars Jaber's book needs better balance and deeper analysis
Hezbollah: Born with a Vengeance opens with a description of the beginning of Israel's Operation Peace for Galilee. Hala Jaber describes the Israeli tanks rolling toward a UN checkpoint with the dramatics one would usually reserve for the Soviets' knock-out punch which ended the Prague Spring in 1968. Unfortunately, much of the book is tainted with Jaber's failure...
Published on 16 Oct 1998


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4.0 out of 5 stars The only book yet about IDF's most formidable Arab enemy, 4 Jan 1998
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This review is from: Hezbollah: Born with a Vengeance (Hardcover)
Wasn't exactly what I was hoping to read as the book was more into the history of Hezbollah rather than a description of the successful tactics that have paralysed the Israeli Army. However, it does uncover the most important element in Hezbollah's success, which made it vastly superior to any other Arab Army, and it can be summarised into one word "Motivation". The book kicked off with a story of a young boy named Mohammed, watching a video every evening, of a suicide bomber, crashing into a convoy of Israeli soldiers. The suicide bomber is his father................
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding !!, 27 Oct 2006
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S. SARPAL (Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hezbollah: Born with a Vengeance (Hardcover)
After following the recent conflict between Israel and Lebanon, I decided to read up on Hezbollah rather than relying on the 'Hollywood style' news reports that seemed to dominate the airwaves. Jaber presents a unbiased view of the whole Lebanese situation, and doesn't demonize Hezbollah as terrorist organisation, but rather as a party struggling to free Lebanon from its invaders, and restore decency for the Lebanese people. I for one, now view the Party of God in a much more positive light.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good history of Hezbollah, 10 Sep 2006
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A. Tatton "Anna Tatton" (Leeds) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hezbollah: Born with a Vengeance (Hardcover)
Well written, concise and to the point, this book describes well where the violence of Hezbollah comes from. Published in 97 it obviously needs updating but frankly I found it too depressing, as the violence is just going to breed more violence and how we're going to get out of this, Allah (God/Jehovah etc) only knows. The solutions are not obvious, but the book does give you more of an understanding of what's gone on.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Jaber's book needs better balance and deeper analysis, 16 Oct 1998
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This review is from: Hezbollah: Born with a Vengeance (Hardcover)
Hezbollah: Born with a Vengeance opens with a description of the beginning of Israel's Operation Peace for Galilee. Hala Jaber describes the Israeli tanks rolling toward a UN checkpoint with the dramatics one would usually reserve for the Soviets' knock-out punch which ended the Prague Spring in 1968. Unfortunately, much of the book is tainted with Jaber's failure to provide the reader with a straight-forward analysis of Hezbollah and its relationship with Israel. Thankfully, her book is not an outraged monograph on Islamic fundamentalist terrorism; however, the rose-colored glasses through which she views Hezbollah should make the reader wary. This book is useful primarily for its detailed summary of Hezbollah's evolution since 1982 and its thorough examination of the ties it maintains with Iran and Syria. The most disappointing aspect of this book is that Jaber gives little attention to the guerrilla tactics that have made Hezbollah such a threat to Israel. In the paltry five pages that she devotes to it, she simply regurgitates what those involved have told her. Not only is this section hampered by her understanding of guerrilla warfare, it is limited in its scope by the fact that she does not include any analysis. Overall, Hezbollah provides the reader with an understanding of Hezbollah's history, organization, and purpose; however, readers must do their own research if they seek a deeper understanding of the true Hezbollah.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A balanced view of the situation., 21 Feb 2000
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This review is from: Hezbollah: Born with a Vengeance (Hardcover)
It was always my believe that an unbias judgement of any topic starts from listening to the views of all involved. It is ,therefore, important to read about Hezbollah from a different point of view rather than Western ideals. Jaber 's book has provided me with a clear understanding of WHY Hezbollah started, WHY does it have support of Shi'ih people of Lebanon, Iran (and the un-offical support of most Arab Courtires!) This balanced view is essential and believe to be of great value to historian, Jouranlists, and students researching in this field.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent book on a complicated issue., 11 Jun 1998
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This review is from: Hezbollah: Born with a Vengeance (Hardcover)
IN THIS HIGHLY READABLE BOOK,AUTHOR HALA JABER GOES BEHIND THE VEIL OF HEZBOLLAH TO TELL THE READER THAT NOT ALL WE READ IN THE WEST IS QUITE TRUE ABOUT THIS GROUP.HOSTAGES,SUICIDE BOMBERS ETC..ITS ALL IN HERE BUT SO ARE THE SCHOOLS,HOSPITALS AND SOCIAL STRUCTURE THAT THE GROUP HAS BUILT UP OVER THE YEARS.SHE EXPLAINS CLEARLY AND OBJECTIVELY WHY ISRAEL,WHICH OCCUPIES 10% OF LEBANESE LAND,HAVE TAKEN MANY OF THEIR YOUNG SOLDIERS HOME IN BODY BAGS.I WOULD HOPE THAT THIS BOOK IS READ BY FUTURE PRESIDENTS AND PRIME MINISTERS ASWELL AS THEIR INTELLIGENCE DEPARTMENTS.VERY ENLIGHTENING!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, but not unbias, 14 Feb 2007
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A. Mourad (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hezbollah: Born with a Vengeance (Hardcover)
Overall this is a decent assessment of the developments and successes/failures of Hezbollah as a political organisation. That said, there IS clear sympathy with the cause as a theme throughout the book and for that reason it does lose something. Simply acting as a counter of the often dramacised coverage in the Media is not enough to consider a work "unbiased". Nevertheless, for anyone who is looking to sink their teeth into the broader topic of Hezbollah, it is worth a read and would be useful for certain lines of academic writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good and informative read!, 29 July 1998
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This review is from: Hezbollah: Born with a Vengeance (Hardcover)
As a student with a few cents to hand,i read this book at a friends house.i think jaber is both informative and constructive in her approach to the subject.i knew little of this subject but have made it my business to find out more.please bring this out in paper back so we poor students can buy our own copy!
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