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Title:
Inside Syria : the backstory of their civil war and what the world can expect
Author:
Erlich, Reese W., 1947-
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Publication Information:
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2014.
Physical Description:
313 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Summary:
"Based on first-hand reporting from Syria and Washington, journalist Reese Erlich unravels the complex dynamics underlying the Syrian civil war. Through vivid, on-the-ground accounts and interviews with both rebel leaders and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Erlich gives the reader a better understanding of this momentous power struggle and why it matters. Through his many contacts inside Syria, the author reveals who is supporting Assad and why; he describes the agendas of the rebel factions; and he depicts in stark terms the dire plight of many ordinary Syrian people caught in the cross-fire. The book also provides insights into the role of the Kurds, the continuing influence of Iran, and the policies of US leaders who seem interested only in protecting US regional interests. As Erlich shows, current events in Syria can be best understood by looking at Syria's recent history, especially the roles of key historic figures. Several chapters are devoted to these influential leaders--including T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), journalist Lowell Thomas, Muslim brotherhood founder Hassan al Banna, Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Saddam Hussein, and Hafez al-Assad. Disturbing and enlightening at once, this timely book shows you not only what is happening inside Syria but why it is so important for the Middle East, the US, and the world"--
General Note:
Maps on lining papers.
Language:
English
Contents:
The uprising that wasn't supposed to be -- Lawrence of Syria -- Treaties, rebellions, and independence : 1919-1946 -- Wars and coups-- then the Assads arrive : 1947-2011 -- The uprising begins -- Chemical weapons, military offensives, and stalemate -- Who supports Assad? -- Why Iran backs Syria -- Will the Kurds have their way? -- Israel, Palestine, and Syria -- United States, Russia, and outside powers -- Appendix 1. A quick guide to Syrian politics and terms -- Appendix 2. Syria timeline : key dates since World War I.
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9781616149482
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Based on firsthand reporting from Syria and throughout the Middle East,  Inside Syria  unravels the complex dynamics underlying the Syrian Civil War. Through vivid, on-the-ground accounts and interviews with rebel leaders, regime supporters, and Syrian president Bashar al-Assad himself,veteran journalist Reese Erlich gives the reader a better understanding of this momentous power struggle and why it matters.

Through his many contacts inside Syria, the author reveals who is supporting Assad and why; he describes the agendas of the rebel factions; and he depicts in stark terms the dire plight of many ordinary Syrian people caught in the cross-fire. The book also provides insights into the role of the Kurds, the continuing influence of Iran, and the policies of American leaders who seem interested only in protecting US regional interests.

Disturbing and enlightening at once, this timely book shows you not only what is happening inside Syria but why it is so important for the Middle East, the US, and the world.


Author Notes

Reese Erlich (Oakland, CA) is an award-winning journalist and the author of four books on foreign policy. A full-time freelance journalist and special correspondent, he recently reported for both CBS Radio and GlobalPost from the Kurdish Region of Iraq, interviewing Yazidis and Kurdish peshmerga and analyzing the US bombing campaign. Erlich also reports regularly for National Public Radio and Radio Deutsche Welle. His articles on the Middle East have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor , Atlantic Online , and Vanity Fair Online . In 2012, the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California, gave Erlich an Explanatory Journalism Award for his radio documentary titled "Inside the Syrian Uprising." In 2006 he shared a prestigious Peabody Award. For more information visit www.ReeseErlich.com.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Erlich (Conversations with Terrorists), a journalist with extensive experience in the Middle East and Syria in particular, clearly and succinctly explains Syria's current political and military stalemate in this important, informative, and well researched book. Erlich methodically addresses current events: he first describes the history of Syria from WWI to the present; then examines how the "Arab Spring" rebellion evolved from 2011's peaceful protests to all-out civil war by 2013; and concludes with a systematic analysis of the important internal and external organizations influencing the war. In preparing this book, Erlich interviewed leaders, academic authorities, and ordinary citizens in 11 different countries. Of particular interest are his interviews with Syrian opposition leaders, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and U.S. State Department analysts. His analysis of the rise of the conservative Syrian opposition, which dominated by al-Qaeda-associated organizations like the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), is also illuminating, especially given ISIS's recent aggression in Iraq. Erlich is up front about his left-leaning political views, and he sees the region through that prism, but his insights and conclusions are objective and valuable. The book is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the current turmoil in the Middle East. Agent: Laura Gross, Laura Gross Literary Agency. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Syrian society has been devastated by the civil war that has raged since early 2011; well over 100,000 people have died and millions have been driven from their homes. Erlich (Conversations with Terrorists: Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence, and Empire) presents eyewitness accounts and numerous interviews that portray the destruction, chaos, and political rivalries in Syria, framed by a brief historical outline and references to a wide array of academic and journalistic narratives. He demonstrates how the early peaceful demonstrations calling for democratic reforms in the authoritarian Assad regime have been supplanted by vicious fighting against the government, brutal government reprisals, and struggles among rival militias. Intervention and support from other countries, including the United States, has done little to influence the warring parties or to spark change. Erlich is particularly critical of America's muddled policy and inconsistent rhetoric but sees little hope that the United States, the UN, or any other outside power can bring peace or national reconciliation. VERDICT A timely, immediate description and explanation of social and political disintegration at huge human cost in war-torn Syria.-Elizabeth Hayford, formerly with Associated Coll. of the Midwest, Evanston, IL (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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