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Robert Fisk
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25. Oktober 2001
"Pity the Nation" is both an historical document and an eye-witness testament to human savagery. Written by one of Britain's foremost journalists, this book combines political analysis and war reporting; it is an account of the Lebanon conflict by an author who has personally witnessed the carnage of Beirut for over a decade. Gunmen and collaborators, bomber pilots, diplomats, guerillas, feudal politicians journalists, soldiers and kidnappers move through the pages of this history. Arabs and Israelis, East and West - all fall under Fisk's critical, occasionally humorous, and often horrified scrutiny. He witnessed the Israeli siege of West Beirut; was among those who entered the Sabra and Chatila Palestinian camps in 1982 on the day the massacre ended; and observed the destruction of the US Marine headquarters in 1983. A 10,000 word epilogue brings the book up to date, and concludes some particular aspects of Lebanon's story. In Beirut the struggle for power was continued with the rise and fall of General Aoun and the assasination of President Moawad. Outside Lebanon, the Gulf War changed the face of Middle Eastern politics. And in the wake of the Gulf War came the release of the British and American hostages.
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  • Taschenbuch: 752 Seiten
  • Verlag: Oxford University Press; Auflage: 3. A. (25. Oktober 2001)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0192801309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192801302
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 19,5 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 18.791 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Twenty-five years after first setting foot on Lebanese soil, award-winning journalist Robert Fisk has revised his brilliant study of this troubled country, Pity the Nation, for a third edition, to include the years since its initial publication in 1990. Artificially created as a country by the French in 1920, Lebanon's revenge was to "welcome all her invaders and then kiss them to death". Since arriving during the 1976 Muslim-Maronite civil war, Fisk has travelled its length to seek out, as well as provide, eye-witness account of combat and atrocity. The book's main pre-occupation is the Israeli invasion of the early 1980s and its terrible aftermath, including the appalling massacre of Palestinians at the Shabra and Chatila camps. Banned in Lebanon itself, the first edition of Pity the Nation ended with close friend and colleague Terry Anderson still being held by Islamic Jihad. Inevitably, Anderson's release in 1991, along with other Western hostages such as Terry Waite and John McCarthy, emotionally informs the bulk of the new material, which also considers the Gulf War, Islamic resurgence, the collapse of the Oslo peace agreement and the bloody 1996 Qana massacre in a UN refugee compound by Israeli forces, to which Fisk bears terrible witness. He sees Yasser Arafat make the transmission from "terrorist to superstatesman to superterrorist", but by the end of this exhaustive testimony, virtually the last Western journalist left in West Beirut, he admits, "I still fear the monsters". And then Ariel Sharon is elected prime minister of Israel in February 2001.

Fisk, formerly of The Times and now Middle East correspondent for The Independent, writes as combatively as the events he so vividly describes. With a fastidious eye for detail, he rails against day-tripping reporters who betray truth with their clichés and loose language, constantly defending language against false appropriation: "terrorism", for example, wielded by one side to describe acts committed against them, deprives the term of any objective purpose and thus legitimises reprisal. He makes reparation with this unique and passionate analysis, still angry after all these years, which remains the most relentless and convincing account yet of the bloodiest quarter-century in Lebanon's history. --David Vincent


Pity the Nation ranks among the classic accounts of war in our time, both as historical document and as an eyewitness testament to human savagery. Written by one of Britain's foremost journalists, this remarkable book combines political analysis and war reporting in an unprecedented way: it is an epic account of the Lebanon conflict by an author who has personally witnessed the carnage of Beirut for over a decade. Fisk's book recounts the details of a terrible war but it also tells a story of betrayal and illusion, of Western blindness that had led inevitably to political and military catastrophe. Updated and revised, Fisk's book gives us a further insight into this troubled part of the world. 'Robert Fisk is one of the outstanding reporters of this generation. As a war correpondent he is unrivalled.' - Edward Mortimer, Financial Times

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Only convincing portrait of the Lebanese civil war 24. Oktober 2013
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As a Lebanese that was too young to witness the war first hand, I find Robert Fisk's reporting of the war as straightforward, honest and clear as one can imagine.
One will end up hating the country because same people and same problems are repeating them selves now, but you will be allot wiser and less subjective.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen super journalist 4. Februar 2014
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schnelle lieferung, sehr guter kontakt. immer wieder gerne:)
fisk ist einer der besten journalisten. dieses buch gewährt einen super einblick in die geschehnisse im libanon
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Dear Mr. Fisk 3. Dezember 1999
Von Sami Traboulsi - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Dear Mr. Fisk I'm a Lebanese citizen, my name is Sami, I live in Beirut near Ein El Mraissy where you used to live while you were in Lebanon.Yesterday, I just finished reading your amazing book (Pity The Nation), I read it in the Arabic version. I was born in 1975, and I was a child when the Lebanese war began, I only remember from it is the Israeli occupied of Beirut in 1982, and I remember that because the Israeli soldiers try to take my brother away (My brother died later in February 6, 1984, while he's coming back from his work, he was only 19). and I also remember the street battles between Amal and Hizb Allah in 1986 or 1987, and finally the war between the Syrians and Michael Aoun in 1989. Allow me to tell you how I liked you. I liked your style of writing, I liked your insistence to still in Lebanon with all the dangerous there, and with all the hard attempts to kidnapped you from some peopel you know them very well. Believe me, I wished to be more older than I'm now just to watch all the important events that you mentioned in the book. I didn't even imagine that all these things really happened in Lebanon, my father only say to me that there was a war in Lebanon, but with no details. Maybe because of what he saw of all the sad things in his life and the death of my brother. If you still contact Mr. Terry Anderson please send him my regards, and please tell him not to change his mind about the Lebanese people. And also if you still contact G. C. your Bolivian friend and Shahrazad Faramarzi from Iran too. Have you visited Lebanon recently?There are some changes here, but still the same things in South Lebanon as you know. Sami Traboulsi Technical Engineer Beirut, Lebanon December 3, 1999
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A good book , without indulgence 1. Januar 2004
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I am lebanese and I lived in Lebanon during the 15 years of
war . I read the book and I think it contains an accurate
account of the main events in the war ,and a good description
of the people involved in the conflict (militias, foreign armies,
etc ) But I find Fisk is too harsh when he suggests that
all lebanese statesmen or politicians were feudal warlords,
or as he says , "mafiosi." Some were , and some others were
lawyers , bankers ,etc. It is true ,however , that most of these
became at some point allies of a warlord ,or were forced
to flee the country. Nevertheless, I think a reader would get a more
balanced view of Lebanon , if he reads *in addition* to this
book , Kamal Salibi's "A house of many mansions" or "crossroads
to civil war" . Salibi is infinitely more sympathetic than
Fisk to the idea of the creation of the Lebanese state, and I
think it is necessary to read both books to have a balanced view.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Incredible 25. April 2002
Von John Nash - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An "eye" wrote 1. Juni 2004
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Amazingly, and for the ultimate purpose of objectivity in reporting, Fisk spares his opinions and comments over what he saw and lived... he reported afterall. No matter how skeptical someone can be, he cannot deny all of Fisk's reports. Anyways, even by trusting 10% of what Fisk's has reported from Lebanon is utterly moving.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Invaluable account of Lebanon's civil war 1. August 2001
Von Ivano Stocco - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Robert Fisk's _Pity the Nation_ is both a sincere, difficult account of Lebanon's long and bloody civil war, and a revealing window into a truly inspirational writer-reporter.
Fisk risks life and limb, literally, as any person in the region taking cover from oncoming fire and shrapnel, caught in the midst of bombing, or unexpectedly halted by military men, to get the real story beneath "official" versions. In doing so he discloses the human, off-the-camera side of the war's principal leaders - who exposed seem small, often disagreeable - as well as its common folk, both participants and unwilling in-betweens, Israeli, Maronite, Druze, Syrian, and Palestinian.
For anyone desiring to understand the causes of war of this nature and the human and psychological elements behind it, as well as the bravery of one man who has tried to present the story to us honestly, _Pity the Nation_ is absolutely invaluable.
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