Friday Was the Bomb, by Nathan Deuel

On Friday, October 19, 2012, a car bomb rocked central Beirut, killing a Lebanese intelligence official and two other people while injuring scores more. Against the background of a presidential campaign and the approach of Hurricane Sandy, the story faded almost instantly from the awareness of even well-informed Americans. But it was a watershed for the once relatively peaceful city now on the doorstep of Syria’s civil war, and it is the defining event in Nathan Deuel’s collection of essays Friday Was the Bomb.


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