The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East

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PublicAffairs, Mar 23, 2010 - Travel - 400 pages
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Since his boyhood in Qadhafi 's Libya, and later as a reporter for more than thirteen years in cities stretching from Tehran to Marrakesh, Neil MacFarquhar has developed a counterintuitive sense that the Middle East, despite all the bloodshed in its contemporary history, is a place of warmth, humanity, and generous eccentricity. In The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday MacFarquhar shares a lesser known side of the region, the story he always wanted to file. MacFarquhar shows the daily lives and attitudes of people frequently obscured behind the curtain of violence: the stories of chefs and sex therapists, bloggers and academics struggling to reform on their own terms.
 

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User Review  - danoomistmatiste - LibraryThing

A very interesting analysis of the current state of affairs in several countries in the middle east. Said countries being Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. It is sad to note that ... Read full review

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I've read a number of books about the Middle East. Of all those written by current and former bureau chiefs of major newspapers, this was the one I liked the least, primarily due to the writing style ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
13
Chapter 3
39
Chapter 4
67
Chapter 5
105
Chapter 6
121
Chapter 7
149
Chapter 8
179
Chapter 11
245
Chapter 12
277
Chapter 13
309
Chapter 14
341
Acknowledgments
361
Select Bibliography
365
Index
369
About the Author
387

Chapter 9
203
Chapter 10
221

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About the author (2010)

Neil MacFarquhar served as New York Times Cairo bureau chief from 2001 through 2005. An Arabic speaker, he grew up in Libya and covered the region for the AP, including stints in Israel and Kuwait. He is the author of a novel, The Sand Café.

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