Books About Syria

Article by Danielle

If staying informed is at all important to you, you’ve likely had your eye on the developing situation in Syria. Having a broad understanding of Syria’s history and its revolution is crucial for Americans interested in interpreting our involvement there. Here are some recent books that should shed light on this ongoing conflict. -Danielle

Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780300186512
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Published: Yale University Press - September 18th, 2012

Lesch is a leading Middle East scholar and former consultant to Bashar al-Assad who at one time had great hope for Assad as a democratic leader. In this incredibly timely book, Lesch describes both Assad’s promise and his fall from grace, delving into exactly how a wildly popular, intelligent former ophthalmologist became a tyrant capable of killing thousands of his own people. Lesch provides a detailed, balanced look at the revolution so far, as well as a variety of possible outcomes for the turmoil.


The Silence and the Roar Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781590516454
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Published: Other Press (NY) - March 5th, 2013

Although this novel is set in an unnamed Middle Eastern country, Sirees is a native Syrian currently living in exile in Cairo, and much of his work--including novels, plays, and television dramas-- deals with Syria directly. This novel’s narrator, Fathi Sheen, is a writer who has become persona non grata in his country due to his outspoken criticism of its governing elite. Sheen attempts to steer clear of the heat and endless state-sanctioned parades in his city by making a visit to his mother, only to be picked up by the government and run through the bureaucratic wringer after he defends a student being beaten in the streets. This is a powerful, Kafkaesque portrait of the total absurdity of living under the thumb of a tyrant.


A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution Cover Image
By Samar Yazbek, Max Weiss (Translator)
$22.95
ISBN: 9781908323125
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Published: Haus Pub. - August 28th, 2012

Yazbek is a Syrian writer and journalist who participated in the revolution against Assad from its outset. Because she was an outspoken critic of the regime, both in print and online, she was targeted as disloyal and forced to flee her country at great peril, eventually settling safely in Europe with her young daughter. This memoir is culled from Yazbek’s personal diaries and provides American readers with an intimate look at everyday Syrians fighting against oppression and tyranny.


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