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  • Sep 18, 2012
    288 p., 6 1/8 x 9 1/4

    ISBN: 9780300186512
  • Cloth: $28.00 
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Political Science


Syria

The Fall of the House of Assad

  • David W. Lesch
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"David Lesch is one of the very few outsiders who knows anything about either Assad or his highly secretive regime; all the other scholars of Syria are forced to look from the outside in."—E. Roger Owen, author of The Rise and Fall of Arab Presidents for Life

"What separates this book from others on Syria and the Syrian uprising is the sense of immediacy that comes from Dr Lesch's long acquaintanceship with Bashar al-Assad and regime insiders and the anger and sorrow he feels about their betrayal of Syria." - James L. Gelvin, author of The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know

"Detailed and thoughtful in the potential outcomes for this key Middle Eastern state."—The Bookseller

"Personal knowledge and on-the-ground experience inform this behind-the-headlines chronicle of the Syrian conflict."—Kirkus

"In a thoughtful, often persuasive book, [Lesch] lays a useful foundation for our fuller understanding of the Syrian crisis."—The Times

"This is a fluent, well-organised piece of work that offers clear insight into the workings of the Syrian regime."—Vincent Durac, Irish Times

"[Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad] offers 241 fantastic pages of analysis and clear explanation of the Syrian reaction to the uprising, as well as that of the international communities, and the effects of a bloated, inefficient and inherently corrupt public system."—Tinashe Sithhole, East Anglian Daily Times

"Insightful, valuable..Understanding Syria is important, and David Lesch’s book is invaluable for those who want to do so."—Philip Seib, Dallas Morning News

"It offers 241 fantastic pages of analysis and clear explanation of the Syrian reaction to the uprising, as well as that of the international communities, and the effects of a bloated, inefficient and inherently corrupt public system."—Tinashe Sithole, Irish Examiner

"Lesch ably tackles Bashar’s failures. He excels in explaining the underlying economic reasons for the Syrian people’s frustrations with their regime."—Rayyan Al-Shawaf, Christian Science Monitor 

“David Lesch’s Syria is timely, relevant, and to the point, providing the educated reader with everything needed to make sense of what is happening in that country. . . A major contribution to our knowledge of Syria and the Middle East. Anyone who seeks a real understanding of these subjects must read this book."—Andrew Rosenbaum, New York Journal of Books 

"An authoritative and insightful study of the country and its ruler by a scholar who has interviewed Bashar many times."  Uniting for Peace.

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