Beirut

Given Beirut’s fame post-World War II and during the Lebanese Civil War, it’s surprising how few books have tackled a city narrative that dates back centuries. Samir Kassir covers nearly 4,000 years of Beirut’s history in a book of the same name, from tales of an ancient empire to the capital’s founding families of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, who often linked the country’s destiny to their personal successes and failures. Politics, society, culture and city planning – this book sums up Lebanon’s capital in 656 informative pages.

Beirut