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Pity the Nation (Nation Books) Paperback – 3 Oct 2002

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  • Paperback: 727 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press; 4th edition (3 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560254424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560254423
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 14 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,008,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on 1 Nov. 2005
Format: Paperback
As a former UN soldier in Lebanon this was a very true account of what happened.
Many say that Mr Fisk is unaware of many aspects of the war but his account from a soldiers point of view is exact.
Many of my friends died trying to keep peace in that beautiful country but we still continued until our country was pulled out to go elsewhere Mr Fisk saw what the country went through at the hands of the invaders and their allies they flattened the country and the people of west Lebanon it was no wonder the people fought back.
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After reading the September 2000 edition of this excellent book I wrote the following:
"Robert Fisk has spent the last 25 years in Lebanon. He brings the skills of a dedicated reporter, the objectivity of an outsider and the knowledge of a local to the subject. The most compelling thing about this incredible book is the quantity and quality of eye witness testimony. Robert tells the story as only one who has been there can. Another striking thing about this book is Robert's desire to be exact and precise. Everything is cited and referenced.
If you hold a bias for one of the many sides in this sorry conflict you will probably find yourself nodding vigorously sometimes and shouting angrily at others.
Those with an open mind will just be horrified. Regardless of the ebb and flow of politics and war it is always the poor, the weak the silent that suffer. Robert gives them a feint voice."
I've recently been given this edition (Nov 2002) and was curious to see if there were any differences. The text of the book remains the same as the previous edition however the prologue is new. Other changes apart from the new cover include larger print and improved quality paper.
In short if you have the September 2000 edition there is little to be gained from buying this newer edition. If you don't, then buy and read this incredible book.
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A great book by Robert Fisk giving an unbiased insight into the Lebanese Civil War.

Roberts writing is truly unbiased and tells many of the horrors of the Lebanese Civil War. From the atrocities carried out by Lebanese factions to those carried out under the watchful eye of the Israelis during their '82 invasion of Beirut and the difficult job of UNIFIL, the United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon.

The book journeys from the British Mandate in Palestine to the Syrian Intervention and subsequent occupation that bought about a relative if not unstable ceasefire via the Palestinian refugee camps to those homes now occupied by modern day Israelis.
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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.
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