Thanassis Cambanis is a journalist who has been writing about the Middle East for more than a decade. His first book, A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah's Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel, was published in 2010. He writes "The Internationalist" column for The Boston Globe and is a correspondent for The Atlantic. Thanassis regularly contributes to The New York Times, The Boston Globe. He lives in Beirut, Lebanon, with his wife, Anne Barnard, a reporter for The New York Times, and their two children.
"Depressingly excellent... Lays out the near-brilliant way in which
Hezbollah manages to be both the party of the downtrodden and the
puppet of two of the area's most retrograde dictatorships. Cambanis
shows how the trick is pulled."-Christopher Hitchens, Slate,
author of Hitch-22 and God Is Not Great
"An indispensable guide to understanding the region's most formidable extra-state actor. Cambanis skillfully pinpoints the reasons for Hezbollah's political success. . . . In prose that is often eloquent yet earthy, indicative of scholarly erudition as well as a storyteller's flair for capturing the complexities of human psychology, Cambanis describes the seemingly contradictory impulses he discovers."
-The Christian Science Monitor