is proud to announce the new american edition of
Written by one of Britain's most
distinguished journalists, this remarkable book is an epic account
of the Lebanon conflict by an author who has personally witnessed
the carnage of Beirut for twenty-six years. It is a story of Western
betrayal and the challenge to American power and prestige in the
Middle East. This book tells, too, in frightening detail, the story
of the Middle East's first suicide bombers and their first devastating
strike at Americans. Through a combination of war reporting and
political analysis, Robert Fisk describes Lebanon's ferocious civil
war and subsequent Israeli invasions, the Lebanese militias, whose
appalling brutality spared no one; the US Marines, who found themselves
trapped in the horror of Lebanon, where many of them were to meet
a terrible fate; and the Israelis, who tried to install their own
puppet rulers, and with their 1982 invasion provoked war crimes
of their own. Fully updated to include the 2000 Israeli withdrawal
from south Lebanon and Ariel Sharon's electoral victory the following
year, this American edition has sixty pages of new material and
a revised preface.
QUOTES ABOUT PITY THE NATION
"Robert Fisk's enormous book about Lebanon's desperate
travails is one of the most distinguished in recent years, as well
as one of the most anguished and hard-bitten.... Pity the Nation
is in fact a definitive personal record of defeat and pointless
suffering, a sadly unedifying tale of the contests between Palestinians,
Lebanese, Israelis, Syrians and others."
""He is a devastating witness to the failure of politics
to guard mankind against itself."
"Robert Fisk is one of the outstanding reporters of this generation.
As a war correspondent he is unrivalled."
"One is left in awe at...[Fisk's] industry, commitment and
courage in reporting the ugliest of the world's current conflicts:
wonder, too, that Fisk can still write with sanity after witnessing
Robert Fisk is Middle East Correspondent of the Independent,
based in Beirut, and this highly acclaimed book is the fruit of
twenty-six years' of reporting from Lebanon, where he covered the
civil war and two Israeli invasions. Educated in Britain and Ireland,
Fisk holds more journalism awards--twenty-four--than any other foreign
correspondent for his reporting of the Iranian revolution and wars
in Lebanon, the Gulf, Kosovo and Algeria. He won the 2000 Amnesty
International award for his reports from Serbia on NATO's bombardment
of Yugoslavia and received the 2001 David Watt Memorial Award for
his reporting from the Middle East.