The Ghosts of Martyrs Square: An Eyewitness Account of Lebanon's Life Struggle

Simon and Schuster, 13 2010 - 336
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NOT SINCE THOMAS FRIEDMANSFROM BEIRUT TO JERUSALEM IN 1989 HAS A JOURNALIST OFFERED SUCH A POIGNANT AND PASSIONATE PORTRAIT OF LEBANONA UNIQUELY PLURALIST ARAB COUNTRY STRUGGLING TO DEFEND ITS VIABILITY IN A TURBULENT AND TREACHEROUS MIDDLE EAST.

Michael Young, who was taken to Lebanon at age seven by his Lebanese mother after the death of his American father and who has worked most of his career as a journalist there for American publications, brings to life a country in the crossfire of invasions, war, domestic division, incessant sectarian scheming, and often living in fear of its neighbors. Young knows or has known many of the players, politicians, writers, and religious leaders.

A country riven by domestic tensions that have often resulted in assassinations, under the considerable sway of Hezbollah (in alliance with Iran and Syria), frequently set upon by Israel and Syria, nearly destroyed by civil war, Lebanon remains an exception among Arab countries because it is a place where liberal instincts and tolerance struggle to stay alive.

An important and enduring symbol, Lebanon was once the outstanding example of an (almost) democratic society in an inhospitable, dangerous regiona laboratory both for modernity and violence, as a Lebanese intellectual who was later assassinated once put it.

Young relates the growing tension between a domineering Syria and a Lebanese opposition in which charismatic leader and politician Rafiq al-Hariri was assassinated and the Independence Intifadathe Cedar Revolutionbroke out. His searing account of his countrys confrontation with its domestic and regional demons is one of hope found and possibly lost.

In this stunning narrative, Young tells us what might have been his countrys history, and what it may yet be.
 

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THE GHOSTS OF MARTYRS SQUARE: A Memoir of Lebanon Found and Lost

  - Kirkus

A clear-eyed, poignant study of the political developments in Lebanon since the assassination of Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri on Feb. 14, 2005.Daily Star opinion editor Young, who interviewed many ...

Review: The Ghosts of Martyrs Square

  - Mom - Joanne - Goodreads

Sounds like a good read ...will know more as I get into the book

Introduction
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A Voluptuous Vibration
17
A Forest of Fathers
59
Total War
89
Invisible City
123
The CrackUp
153
The CrackUp Continues
185
The End of the Beginning
217
The Road from Martyrs Square
245

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