Hezbollah: A History of the "Party of God" (Anglais) Relié – 25 septembre 2012
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This book was initially written in French by a historian (Avon) who is anything but a specialist of the Middle East (when he published this book, he was severely criticized by his peers btw, who accused him - rightfully - of trying to make easy money). The book was seriously criticized in France, for being a quick and badly done "rechauffé d'écrits antérieurs", which means a badly-done mix of older, second-hand (and more than once badly reviewed) texts.
Personnally, I have stopped as soon as after chapter one to count the inaccurate facts and the number of whimsical interpretations by the author, let aside the fact that the guy has obviously no real knowledge/understanding of Lebanese/Middle Eastern politics.
The author has tried to be original by publishing as appendices the translation of two political documents edited by the party. Unfortunately, if it is true that the first one (the Open Letter of 1985) has rarely been translated in French, it has already been in English something like twenty times, and the second one (the "Second document of 2009", which caused a lot of media talking during the first two weeks, then was totally and rightfully forgotten) has no relevant importance in explaining anything about Hezbollah.
In other words: a totally useless book. If you really want to go for something interesting on Hezbollah, go for "Hezbollah, the changing face of terrorism", by Palmer Harik, or "In the Path of Hezbollah" by Nizar Hamzeh (available on Amazon! :-)). The vice-secretary general of the party, Naïm Qassem has written a very interesting one too ("Hezbollah, the story from within"). Of course, careful with this one since it is written by somebody who's from the "inside" (propaganda!), but still very interesting, full with details on the party that you won't find anywhere else.
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