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by Thanassis Cambanis

  • ISBN: 1439143609
  • Category: Politics and Government
  • Subcategory: Politics
  • Author: Thanassis Cambanis
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Free Press; First Edition edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Pages: 336
  • ePub book: 1333 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1813 kb
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  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 804

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Thanassis Cambanis, himself shrewd, brave, and determined, has produced & Privilege to Die,'' which shows us a Hezbollah with a human face that is nonetheless a grave threat both to Israel and Western interests in the Middle East.

Thanassis Cambanis, himself shrewd, brave, and determined, has produced & Privilege to Die,'' which shows us a Hezbollah with a human face that is nonetheless a grave threat both to Israel and Western interests in the Middle East. Thanassis Cambanis is a journalist who has been writing about the Middle East for more than a decade. His first book, A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah’s Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel, was published in 2010. He writes The Internationalist column for The Boston Globe.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Veteran Middle East correspondent Thanassis Cambanis offers the first detailed look at the surprising cross section of people willing to die for Hezbollah and its uncompromising agenda to remake the map of the region and destroy Israel. Part standing army, part political party, and part theological movement, Hezbollah is made up not just of unemployed young men but also middle-class engineers, merchants, even nurses.

Cambanis follows a few Hezbollah families through the ups and downs of the 2006 war with Israel and the continuing preparations for another conflict, letting us listen in to Hezbollah members’ intimate discussions at the kitchen table and on the battlefield. Cambanis’s reporting puts a human face on the Party of God, so we might understand the ideological and religious roots of today’s conflict. His riveting narrative provides an urgent and important exploration of militancy in the Middle East.

A Privilege to Die book. Veteran Middle East correspondent Thanassis Cambanis offers the first detailed look at the surprising cross section of people willing to die for Hezbollah and its uncompromising agenda to remake the map of the region While Hamas and Al Qaeda are certainly dangerous to Israel and the West, Hezbollah and its millions of foot soldiers are the premier force in the Middle East.

Veteran Middle East correspondent Thanassis Cambanis offers the first detailed look at the surprising cross section of people willing to die for Hezbollah and its uncompromising agenda to remake the map of the region and destroy Israel

Veteran Middle East correspondent Thanassis Cambanis offers the first detailed look at the surprising cross section of people willing to die for Hezbollah and its uncompromising agenda to remake the map of the region and destroy Israel. Hezbollah’s widespread popularity rests on its ability to offer its followers economic reform, affordable health care, dependable electricity, efficient courts, and safe streets,. Praise for. A privilege to die. Leer más. Contraer.

Cambanis stresses equally Hezbollah's radical militancy, which makes a more accommodating arrangement within Lebanon or vis-à-vis Israel unlikely to emerge. Indeed, a depressing theme of A Privilege to Die is the way that less organized, less fervent, and more corrupt moderates have lost out to radicals since the 1970s. A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah's Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel. By Thanassis Cambanis.

A privilege to die. Inside Hezbollah’s Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel.

Israel has responded with a massive bombing campaign; thousands of Lebanese Shiites are fleeing their villages in the south, traveling north to the relative safety of Beirut. Hezbollah, remarkably, has replaced bombed out roads and bridges to ease the evacuation. It has organized reception ­areas for the refugees.

to Die: Inside Hezbollah's Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel.

A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah's Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel.

While Hamas and Al Qaeda are certainly dangerous to Israel and the West, Hezbollah and its millions of foot soldiers are the premier force in the Middle East. Veteran Middle East correspondent Thanassis Cambanis offers the first detailed look at the surprising cross section of people willing to die for Hezbollah and its uncompromising agenda to remake the map of the region and destroy Israel. Part standing army, part political party, and part theological movement, Hezbollah is made up not just of unemployed young men but also middle-class engineers, merchants, even nurses. Hezbollah’s widespread popularity rests on its ability to offer its followers economic reform, affordable health care, dependable electricity, efficient courts, and safe streets, as well as victory over Israel. Also unique to the party is its powerful doctrine of self-improvement, which challenges its members to fight ignorance, make money, and engage in safe sex. Millions of demoralized Middle Easterners have gravitated toward these principles, swelling the ranks of what is at heart a radical, militant group. They span economic class, include both fanatics and casual believers, and are sworn to the apocalyptic beliefs of the "Party of God." With its promise of perpetual war, Hezbollah has ushered in a militant renaissance and inspired fighters in Gaza, the West Bank, Egypt, Iraq, and beyond. Whatever their differences, their hatred of Israel and the United States binds them together. To understand Hezbollah is to understand the fighters and engineers, the women who raise the martyrs, the scouts who plant trees, and the nine-year-old girls who take the veil over the objections of their less militant fathers. Cambanis follows a few Hezbollah families through the ups and downs of the 2006 war with Israel and the continuing preparations for another conflict, letting us listen in to Hezbollah members’ intimate discussions at the kitchen table and on the battlefield. Cambanis’s reporting puts a human face on the Party of God, so we might understand the ideological and religious roots of today’s conflict. His riveting narrative provides an urgent and important exploration of militancy in the Middle East.

Comments

HyderCraft HyderCraft
This would have made a great long-form magazine article, but there is not enough substance for a 300-page book.

Cambanis certainly is a great reporter. He makes his interlocutors, the places he visits, the events he witnesses truly come alive. But when it comes to interpreting and analysing the facts he observes, he becomes vague, repetitive, contradictory. He makes lots of sweeping assertions on complex social issues - often plausible, but sometimes contradictory - but doesn't reveal their analytical underpinnings. Rather than coherent lines of reasoning, these analyse often resemble politicical speeches, plausible, eloquent, but essentially a very well-worded stream-of-consciousness. I think that the author would by hard-pressed to formulate the 3-5 principal arguments he wants to make about Hizbollah.

The accounts of the author's experiences would still be immensely enjoyable, if it weren't for the fact that these "analytical" forays often take the form of extended tangents interrupting the otherwise very readable reporting.

The worst part of all is the terrible editing. I have counted almost a dozen repetitions, sometimes of sentences, in one case of an entire paragraph (not literal but almost). Many of the "analytical" tangents should have been cut, streamlined and merged.

Contrary to other critical reviewers, I don't think Cambanis is biased or unobjective.

For a good history and analysis of Hizbollah, try Richard Augustus Norton.
Nicearad Nicearad
He is clearly taking the Sunni-Christian side and narrating his one-sidedness in such a boring way. I would expect much more from a presumably professional journalist.
Black_Hawk_Down Black_Hawk_Down
Probably the best terrorist organization book I've read this year. Thanassis Cambanis presents a very complex, sometimes mystifying look inside Hezbollah and the citizens of Lebanon who support them. It may be easy to brand every supporter of Hezbollah as some psychotically deranged lover of death, but Cambanis finds a bizarre contradiction among the Lebanese people; on one hand they are perfectly reasoned discussing literature and art, but when discussing Israel and Hezbollah, a hatred of the Jews and a cult like reverence for the leadership of Nasrallah and a willingness to die as a martyr for the cause embodied by Hezbollah. Alongside this willingness to die and the almost god-like reverence for Nasrallah exist the very real ambitions that people throughout the world share of lives with families and friends. These duel features make organizations like Hezbollah particularly difficult to deal with because they can mix apocalyptic ideology with social reforms and have an army of willing believers. To the Western reader, there's something tragically perverse about it, but its' lesson we best listen to, as long as we continue to be involved in the Middle East.
Bulace Bulace
I will just second, and not repeat , what the two reviews preceding mine have said about this book. I want to add that Cambanis meets with the people he reports of in their homes, in their cafes; shares a water pipe with while he interviews them, asks those he meets and interviews harder questions than we are used to in today's era of friendly, non-offensive reporters, and most importantly, is not afraid to challenge conclusions he had reached and published earlier upon learning new facts or discovering he made a mistake. This book is worth one thousand written by pundits, Washington based reporters, intellectuals and cubicle based think tank wonks. Hezbollah at this moment is run by unabashedly racist men who know they can ruin everything by overreaching, made up of followers who are willing to risk their and their families' lives and limbs in the belief that their reward awaits them in the next world, by fellow travelers starved for leadership and a reason to participate in the affairs of their country, and by international sponsors who think nothing of threatening the death of millions of innocents. That our government behaves the way it does in the Middle East with the knowledge that this group that encourages its followers to believe in the coming of and work to bring on an Islamic Apocalypse, leaving its friends in Lebanon in the lurch, is just one of the truly astonishing revelations and insights of this remarkable, and readable (and well-edited) book.
Gold Crown Gold Crown
This author is strong with personal portraits but weak in analysis. Constantly accusing the Hizb of fear mongering, he engages in the same tactic. Book would be much stronger if it drew analogies between Hizbollah and the Religious Right in America. Also never analyzes whether there is a true "accomodationist" alternative. Readers might be advised to read Avi Shlaim's Lion of Jordan, The Life of King Hussein in War and Peace and examine for themselves whether it is the Arabs or the Israelis who are lacking a partner for peace.
Togor Togor
Cambanis makes the case that this Shiite reawakening in Lebanon sets the stage for another round of do or die matches with Israel and the Shiites led by Iran and the Party of God. He makes the case that the Party of God will continue the war without end until they see the destruction of Israel (or themselves). The Obama administration must come to terms with the new regime in Iran to cut the funding that Iran provides to these Shiites fighting Israel.

This was written before the Syrian Civil War and the Party of God has sent volunteers to fight for Bashar in Syria. It is a strange fight in Syria-Sunni militants fighting the Baathists while the Shiite militants are fighting the Sunni militants. God must be shaking his head.

I thought the individual stories about the fight against Israel show how committed some are to the destruction of Israel. Hezbollah is not to be taken lightly. It can kill and destroy for the sake of its God, and with Nasrallah mouthing these words, killing and destruction are bound to happen. A solid analysis of the Party of God.