The Fall of the House of Assad

Book - 2012
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Examines the failed leadership of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from the perspective of a Middle East scholar who met with Assad between 2004 and 2009, focusing specifically on the administration's response to the Arab Spring.
Publisher: New Haven, [Conn.] : Yale University Press, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780300186512
Branch Call Number: 956.91042 L563S 2012
Characteristics: ix, 275 pages : map ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Syria


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Jun 19, 2013

Easy to read, this book helped me to understand the reason for the "Arab Spring" protests in Syria and why this "civil war" has dragged on unlike those in Libya and Egypt. Lesch is very good in giving the leader of Syria's perspective on the current situation. So much of what we read in the papers is from a Western perspective. A balanced review of the causes and possible outcomes as Lesch provides views from Assad/the government, the protesters, the West, and Syrian's allies. After reading this book, it is easy to see how complicated it will be to find a peaceful solution that meets the expectations of all involved parties.


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