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Syria : the fall of the house of Assad

Author: David W Lesch
Publisher: New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Amidst the bombings, shootings, political turmoil, and mass exodus in Syria, it's difficult to follow the trajectory of its recent troubled history. One can start in 2000, when Syrian President Bashar al-Assad came to power. David W. Lesch, author of Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad, can trace this path because he knew President Assad personally, perhaps better than anyone else in the West. Lesch's book at
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Bashar Assad; Bashar Assad; Bashar Assad; Baššār al Asad
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David W Lesch
ISBN: 9780300186512 0300186517
OCLC Number: 785864958
Description: ix, 275 pages : map ; 25 cm
Contents: The Hope --
Surviving --
Syria is Different --
No, It's Not --
The Regime Responds --
Opposition Mounts --
The International Response --
All In --
Whither Syria?
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One of the only Westerners well acquainted with Assad sheds new light on the ophthalmologist-turned-tyrant and how his regime failed Syria  Read more...

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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 Read more...

 
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