This book is a haunting testament to the tragedies that have been such a large part of Lebanon's recent history. If, like me, you knew little of the Lebanon before reading the book, you will find yourself in the hands of someone who knows about what atrocities have taken place because he has witnessed them at first hand. The descriptions haunt me still. But this is more than just a history book. It is the story of a journalist working in the Middle East and provides an insight into the challenges of reporting in a climate dominated by violence. Fisk shares with his readers the exhaustion, fear, frustration and even nausea that would seem to have been his constant companions during much of his time in the Lebanon. This is not a book to enjoy, but it is a book to value. From the opening pages on the Nazi Holocaust, to description of the massacre at Sabra and Chatila, Fisk reports with compassion and even handed condemnation of the perpertrators. Few books have had the impact on me that Pity The Nation has had.