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Wide-ranging, dispassionate, balanced,
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This review is from: Beware of Small States: Lebanon, Battleground of the Middle East (Paperback)
A wide-ranging, balanced and thoughtful account of modern Lebanon with its focus squarely on the wider regional conflicts that have interacted in such complex and often violent ways with the country's own competing sectarian identities.
David Hirst's style is dispassionate and understated. He is an old school journalist light years away from pumped-up personal anecdotes and overegged "scoops", a humble and even quiet man whose reports in the Guardian have contained genuine insight and sure-grounded analysis.
It is unsettling, therefore, that such a distinguished journalist, who has covered the region for half a century should end his book with pessimism that the regional conflict, centred on Israel and the Palestinians, can be resolved peacefully.