Mike Totten’s, The Road to Fatima Gate, is an in-depth account of the rise of Hezbollah and their influence within Lebanon. Following the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, Mike Totten serves as herald as Lebanon teeters upon the precipice; one hand reaching for a free-state, the other immersed in bloodshed.
Totten’s approach to this subject is not only through diligent research, but
also from his personal experience as a Foreign correspondent and analyst.
Instead of approaching the subject at arm’s-length, Totten has walked through the dahiyeh, the village of Ghajar, and other turbulent zones within
Road to Fatima Gate also shines light on a region that by general
perception is considered no different from any other state within the Middle
East. Totten’s account details otherwise as he guides the reader through
Lebanon’s struggle to be the modernized and cultural heart of the Arab world. Unfortunately, Hezbollah impedes that vision.
Mike Totten’s book is a must read for those wishing to obtain insight about
Beirut, Hezzbollah, and Lebanon as a whole.