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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent one-volume account of Hezbollah.
Hezbollah first came to my conciousness in the early 1980s,partly due to kidnappings of westerners in Lebanon,also as their role in the anti-Israeli resistance in southern Lebanon became clearer.After 15 years exposure to the western media's demonisation of Hezbollah,I visited Lebanon in 1999,and was suprised to see Hezbollah flags on display,and meet Lebanese who told me...
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short study of a long game
This is a good introduction to Hezbollah. First the deficiencies are the lack of a good historical overview of how the organisation came into existence, probably largely because the project was an Iranian Revolutionary Guards one carried out in great secrecy. Secondly very little reference is made to the Iranian influence in Hezbollah. One is left with the impression this...
Published on 8 Mar 2010 by Spilsbury


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent one-volume account of Hezbollah., 29 Dec 2009
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Hezbollah first came to my conciousness in the early 1980s,partly due to kidnappings of westerners in Lebanon,also as their role in the anti-Israeli resistance in southern Lebanon became clearer.After 15 years exposure to the western media's demonisation of Hezbollah,I visited Lebanon in 1999,and was suprised to see Hezbollah flags on display,and meet Lebanese who told me they voted for Hezbollah.Evidently,there is more than one version of Hezbollah's life and times.
Norton's history is a good corrective to the stereotypes of Hezbollah.He traces the root of the organisation to the late 1970s.He takes account of Iranian influence,but stresses the importance of Lebanese nationalism in the organisation.Hezbollah and other Shiite groups didn't resist Israeli occupation from 1982 onwards because of anti-semitism or because they had nothing better to do-they wanted a foriegn army out of their country.
The emergence of Hezbollah as a political party and general social welfare organisation amongst Lebanese Shiites,complete with TV station and website,is also covered well.It's a fairly easy read for the non-specialist,even though written by an academic.Recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Generally excellent, 5 April 2009
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This review is from: Hezbollah: A Short History (Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics) (Hardcover)
This book is generally excellent and is written is a style that makes it easy to read. The manner in which it is written as well means that the book will have appeal to a general reader as well as an academic one.

The book does deal with the contemporary challenges that face Hezbollah but this element might be stronger and more emphatic.

However the book does maintain a balanced perspective which delivers greater benefit than a book that has been written by a Hezbollah apologist.

A good read.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best 'intro' to Hezbollah, 4 Aug 2011
This book is probably the most balanced and comprehensive introduction to Hezbollah. It is well-written and treats its subject fairly, neither succumbing to the US/Israeli position nor party apologism. Although it does not really analyse the party on an academic level, it does offer the clearest resume of the party's history.
Norton has spent decades researching and studying the Shiites of Lebanon, and it is remarkable that he has squeezed so much into such a slim volume!
As such, I advise that this is the best 'starter' book for those who know little about the party and want a well-rounded, readable text to start them off. For students or researchers who already know the 'facts' of Hezbollah's history, I would suggest something by Alagha, Saad-Ghorayeb, Harik, Hamzeh etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great way to gain insight knowledge in no time, 5 Sep 2014
A detailed book that doesn't miss one single aspect . Again as part of the short history collection , a great way to gain insight knowledge in no time.!
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short study of a long game, 8 Mar 2010
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This is a good introduction to Hezbollah. First the deficiencies are the lack of a good historical overview of how the organisation came into existence, probably largely because the project was an Iranian Revolutionary Guards one carried out in great secrecy. Secondly very little reference is made to the Iranian influence in Hezbollah. One is left with the impression this was a Lebanese affair almost in its entirety with Iranian funding only. Reading Robert Baers 'The devil we know' , gives a quite different view of Hezbollahs origins,and plays up Irans role as key orchestrator.

The book describes Lebanons political situation, and the plight of the poor Shi'ites who as Lebanon's poorest element suffer grinding poverty. Under the careful stewardship of Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the Shias social position was dramatically improved, and he fashioned a social network of clinics and schools as well as a military wing to fight Israel. Israel was driven out of Lebanon twice in the last twenty years by an organised and dedicated military voice that has long since abandoned terrorist tactics.
Other interesting chapters to this book describe Hezbollahs orderliness, and international reach, being well funded but also scrupulous and honest, as an organisation determined to meet clear objectives. A far cry from the vapid aims and ambitions of Salafi Jihadists who seem to be fixated on suicide bombings as a means to wherever they mean to get to.
Having read similar books on the subject there are clear omissions. The reasons are unclear, but probably because so much of what Hezbollah comprises is shrouded in extreme secrecy, that an expose is virtually impossible without access to high level information.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hezbollah by Norton, 22 Mar 2009
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This is a complete and importat contribute to all of those who are interested in learning something about Hezbollah and Shiia from Lebanon.
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