I picked up this book "A HISTORY OF MODERN LEBANON" by Fawwaz Traboulsi, on a recommendation from MFL who promised it was a good and non-biased read.
He's quite right, it was a very good read, though I respectfully disagree with MFL since I did feel that the book was a little biased (leftist tinged) -I have never seen the word capitalist used so many times in a history book!
Anyway, all in all I highly recommend it. I've read a lot of politico/historical books on Lebanon and I would say this rates highly among them. Since it covers a big span of time, there is less on the civil war than I expected. The saddest thing is that the same names crop up again and again whether it is from 200 hundred years ago or 20 years ago. It is apparent that we as a people, have been rather un-imaginative, when it comes to picking those elected to "serve" us.