The Fall of the House of Assad

Paperback - 2012
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Explores Bashar al-Assad's failed leadership, his transformation from bearer of hope to reactionary tyrant, and his regime's violent response to the uprising of his people in the wake of the Arab Spring. Lesch charts Assad's turn toward repression and the inexorable steps toward the violence of 2011 and 2012.
Publisher: ©2012
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2013.
Edition: New updated edition.
ISBN: 9780300197228
Characteristics: ix, 304 pages : map ; 20 cm.


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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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