"The Palestinian Arab nationalist movement has been dominated by extremists from the beginning. The Palestine Liberation Organization was created by the Arab states as a weapon against Israel, but most of its victims have been Arabs. In Jordan it established itself as a rival power to the state and was forcibly expellec by the King. Its building up of an army in Lebanon led to the civil war and its tragic aftermath - the country disintegrating into anarchy - until it was again expelled after teh Israeli invasion in June 1982. Jillian Becker has traveled extensively in the Middle East and has interviewed members of all the different sides involved in the Palestinian conflict. The result is a powerful book that explains the structure, aims, tactics and role in world politics of the PLO andn describes in harrowing detail its bloody and terrible history. The PLO will shame Western governments, accuse the Communist bloc, and expose the Arab factions and regimes that have ruthlessly oppressed the Arab people.