This is a Brilliant book, written in a very clear and easy way to read, engaging manner.
I believe it is a Great, Great, Great book for the professional or lay person alike.
If you are interested in international relations, I strongly recommend and suggest this book. I also recommend it to those who are passionate about memoirs, it is a deeply touching account of the hell the writer went through while growing up as a result of her father's kidnapping.
Although still young - Sulome Anderson has a very promising career, I believe she's on her way to become one of the foremost authorities about the Middle East in the entire world - in my opinion - as I am familiar with this topic. Her book is captivating because of its intimate account of what the Anderson family went through from the moment Terry Anderson was kidnapped until long after he had been released - and the snow ball effects which still reverberate today. Sulome Anderson is among the most professional journalists/writers: she is thorough, coherent, and her analysis is the result of a thorough investigation and after carefully dissecting every fact - something very hard to find in this day and age.
If anyone could go back in time it should be Sulome Anderson of today with her book back to when Lebanon's violence started; with her extensive knowledge about the Middle East, it would have exponentially had helped millions of people, and saved lives.
One chapter into this book and my life is transformed. This book is explaining it in ways that made it so easy to take on. The writing self explanatory.
As someone who has friends who used to live in Lebanon in the midst of the civil war - they moved to Brazil, South America - followed by the violence that continues to have a ripple effect in the entire region - is a relief to read this book. I believe that people should take on the task of reaching friends and help them get educated about the Machiavellian politics in the Middle East, and the special role that America has been playing in it. This book is helpful also for those who felt helpless or had friends who felt helpless, frightened when very little was known about the political Machiavellian politics in the Middle East. It is a must-have for every international relations student learning about, and wanting to understand the Machiavellian politics of the Middle East. Superbly done!