Decorated British foreign correspondent Robert Fisk has been based in the Middle East for the last twenty-five years, reporting from the world's worst trouble-spots. This is his first-person account of fifty years of bloodshed and tragedy in the area, from the Palestinian-Israeli bloodbath to the shock and awe of the recent war against Iraq. The ...
Decorated British foreign correspondent Robert Fisk has been based in the Middle East for the last twenty-five years, reporting from the world's worst trouble-spots. This is his first-person account of fifty years of bloodshed and tragedy in the area, from the Palestinian-Israeli bloodbath to the shock and awe of the recent war against Iraq. The Great War for Civilisation is written with passion and anger, a reporter's eyewitness account of the Middle East's history. All the most dangerous men of the past quarter century in the region -- from Osama bin Laden to Ayatollah Khomeini, from Saddam to Ariel Sharon -- come alive in these pages. Fisk has met most of them, and even spent the night out at a guerrilla camp with bin Laden himself. In a narrative of blood and mass killing, Fisk tells the story of the growing hatred of the West by millions of Muslims, the West's cynical support for the Middle East's most ruthless dictators and America's ever more powerful military presence in the world's most dangerous lands as well as its uncritical, unconditional support for Israel's occupation of Palestinian land. It is also a story of journalists at war, of the rage, humour and frustration of the correspondents who spend their lives reporting the first draft of history, their weaknesses and cowardice, their courage and truth-telling. After reading The Great War for Civilisation the reader grasps just why those 19 suicide pilots changed the world on September 11th. Brought right up to the current day and reporting from the heart of a bombed-out Baghdad, Fisk examines the factors leading up to the coalition forces entering Iraq, and discusses possible outcomes of long-term involvement there. Read an interview with Robert Fisk at ... progressive.org/0901/intv1201.html See Robert Fisk's daily comment from the Middle East at www independent.co.uk
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Good stuff from excellent Author. Robert Fisk is the man. Cheersssss..
Jan 13, 2011
since I am in the middle of reading two books I have not yet gotten to this most recent arrival. I was, however, very pleased with the quality of the condition of the book and the speed with which it was delivered.
Jun 15, 2008
Good modern history book
Some might discredit the book as containing a lot of the author's own views or subjective comments, however the book took the span of about 15 years to finish so giving the author the benefit of the doubt a lot of emotion would go into such a large 'diary' of a place so chaotic. On the plus side it does give a lot of dates and statistics from different sources so the reader can estimate an average or believe whichever source they find more reliable. Whether you agree with the writer's views or not I think it gives a good account of the Middle East's recent history with many first hand experiences of the author to millitants and the common public. The structure of the book is so that one can choose which part of the Middle East's history they would like to read without having to have read the previous chapters: reminded me of how school history books contain seperate chapters about different topics. I would definately recommend this book.
Jul 30, 2007
Fisk in Middle East
This book is one man's very personal take on modern Middle East politics. While he provides some good summaries of the recent history of the region, this should not be taken for a comprehensive, or scholarly, look at the history and politics that shape today's events. It's a good read, although Fisk aggrandizes his own actions a little too much for my taste. He is a journalist, not anyone who goes in depth or breadth. The chapters are vignettes. It's good beach reading, but don't cite it in your thesis, and you'll be OK.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-10-10 Combining a novelist's talent for atmosphere with a scholar's grasp of historical sweep, foreign correspondent Fisk (Pity the Nation: The Abduction of Lebanon) has written one of the most dense and compelling accounts of recent Middle Eastern history yet. The book opens with a deftly juxtaposed account of Fisk's two interviews with Osama bin Laden. In the first, held in Sudan in 1993, bin Laden declared himself "a construction engineer and an agriculturist." He had no time to train mujahideen, he said; he was busy constructing a highway. In the second, held four years later in Afghanistan, he declared war on the Saudi royal family and America. Fisk, who has lived in and reported on the Middle East since 1976, first for the (London) Times and now for the Independent, possesses deep knowledge of the broader history of the region, which allows him to discuss the Armenian genocide 90 years ago, the 2002 destruction of Jenin, and the battlefields of Iraq with equal aplomb. But it is his stunning capacity for visceral description-he has seen, or tracked down firsthand accounts of, all the major events of the past 25 years-that makes this volume unique. Some of the chapters contain detailed accounts of torture and murder, which more squeamish readers may be inclined to skip, but such scenes are not gratuitous. They are designed to drive home Fisk's belief that "war is primarily not about victory or defeat but about death and the infliction of death." Though Fisk's political stances may sometimes be controversial, no one can deny that this volume is a stunning achievement. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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