(See also the
general history section.
"How it all began - A concise history of Lebanon"
A House of Many Mansions - The History of Lebanon Reconsidered
, by Kamal Salibi.
Articles on the history and geography of Beirut by May and Michael Davie
Jack Shulimson: MARINES IN LEBANON 1958
Notes from the Minefield: United States Intervention in Lebanon and the Middle East, 1945 - 1958
By Irene L. Gendzier. This book also gives a very good background on Lebanese post-independence history and politics.
The House of People (Presidential Palace)