Abu Nidal: A Gun for Hire

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Random House, 1992 - Social Science - 339 pages
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Abu Nidal, the world's most notorious Arab terrorist, has been responsible for countless deaths and acts of destruction. Yet little is known about him or his organization. Now, Patrick Seale, the distinguished British journalist, tells the whole story of Abu Nidal, including the sources of his vast personal fortune, the complex motives behind his often inexplicable acts of terrorism, and his ties to various Middle East and European governments and their intelligence agencies. The result is the first thorough and authoritative account of Abu Nidal's career, the structure of his worldwide organization, and the masters whom he serves. - Jacket flap.

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Patrick Seale was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on May 7, 1930. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Syria, where for 20 years his parents ran the Irish Presbyterian mission. After a national service commission, he studied philosophy and psychology at Balliol College, Oxford. He worked briefly for a cotton magnate, and then for Reuters news agency before returning to Oxford to pursue Middle East studies at St Antony's College. In the early 1960s, he worked in Beirut as a freelance contributor to the Economist and the Observer. In 1963, he became the Middle East correspondent for the Observer. He also served the Observer in Paris, where he wrote a book, French Revolution 1968, with Maureen McConville. His other books include Philby: The Long Road to Moscow, Abu Nidal: A Gun for Hire, The Struggle for Syria, Asad of Syria: The Struggle for the Middle East, and The Struggle for Arab Independence: Riad el-Solh and the Makers of the Modern Middle East. He died from brain cancer on April 11, 2014 at the age of 83.

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