9 January 2011 0 Comments

Into the heart of Hezbollah

The liberal Israeli newspaper published my review of two new books on Lebanon (one’s on Hezbollah, the other is a broader history) in its weekend edition: Hezbollah is often portrayed in the West as a caricature of implacable Islamic terrorism. Lebanon also has become something of a stereotype, its name now synonymous with any process […]

5 October 2010 0 Comments

Review: Hezbollah’s rapture, resistance, and revolution

Here’s my review of A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah’s Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel — by Thanassis Cambanis (Free Press). The review appeared this weekend on Global Post, where I’ll be doing reviews of international fiction and nonfiction each month. Most books on Hezbollah tend to focus, in one way or another, […]

25 April 2010 0 Comments

Scribe and Scholar enter world of Hamas

A New York Times correspondent teams up with a Belfast professor to write the story of Islamism among the Palestinians. JERUSALEM — Stephen Farrell was sipping coffee in the office of his money changer on Salah ud-Din Street, East Jerusalem’s main commercial strip, four years ago, when Beverley Milton-Edwards entered. From his rucksack, Farrell produced […]

19 February 2007 0 Comments

Boston Globe: Rees captures fabric of Middle East in novel

The Boston Globe’s brilliant young Jerusalem bureau chief Thanassis Cambanis profiles me in last Sunday’s edition. Here’s how Cambanis begins: “Matt Beynon Rees despaired of finding a compelling way to write the true-life stories he covered during a decade as a news journalist in the Middle East, including six years as Time magazine’s bureau chief […]