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Syria Burning: ISIS and the Death of the Arab Spring

by Charles Glass

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Syria Burning: A Short History of a Catastrophe is a very readable and understandable novel. Most of us in the U.S. don't really know all the details that led up to all the war and refugees. The reporting are inadequate, news is bundled swiftly and moves on. This book takes the reader back to the history behind the society, religion, past conflicts, leaders, and the other historic content to get a feel for why all this came about. The author is very good at explaining these things in a real and sensible way without making it sound like a textbook. He also worked there as a journalist for years and was a hostage at some point in his life so he does know what he is taking about when he writes about the extreme terrorists groups. It is well written and something that fills so many gaps you finds in the mass media news. Great job and thanks.
I received this book for a honest review from NetGalley but it in no way effects my rating or review content. ( )
  MontzaleeW | Mar 1, 2016 |
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Since its commencement in the upsurge of the Arab Spring in 2011, the Syrian civil war has claimed in excess of 200,000 lives, with an estimated 8 million Syrians, more than a third of the country's population, forced to flee their homes. A stalemate now exists in the country with the government of Bashar al-Assad maintaining its grip on most of the cities in the west, while large swathes of the countryside in the north and east are under the control of the Islamic fundamentalist groups ISIS and the Nusra Front. The Caliphate announced by ISIS in the summer of 2014 occupies some 35% of the country, as well as vast territory across the border in Iraq. The nuances of this conflict have never been well-understood in the West, least of all, it seems, by governments in the US and Europe, who, anticipating Assad's sudden departure, made it a condition of any negotiated settlement. The consequences of that miscalculation, Charles Glass contends in this illuminating and concise survey, have contributed greatly to the unfolding disaster that we witness today. Glass has reported extensively from the Middle East, and travelled frequently in Syria, over several decades. Here he melds together reportage, analysis and history to provide an accessible overview of the origins and permutations defining the conflict, situating it clearly in the overall crisis of the region. His voice, elegant and concise, humane and richly-informed, is a vital antidote to the sloganizing that shapes so much commentary, and policy, concerning the civil war. "More than ever in the era of 24-hour sound-bite news, events demand the long view if they are to be explicable. With his deep experience of the Levant, that is exactly what Charlie Glass offers the student of the Middle East in this timely, elegant and penetrating study of turmoil that has reshaped the region." -Alan Cowell, former Middle East Bureau Chief, The New York Times

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"Since it's commencement during the upsurge of the Arab Spring in 2011, the Syrian civil war has claimed in excess of 200,000 lives, with more than a third of the county's population forced to flee their homes. A stalemate now exists, with the government of Bashar-al-Assid maintaining it's grip on most of the cities in the west, while large swathes of the countryside in the north and east are under the control of Islamic fundamentalist groups. The Caliphate announced by ISIS in the Summer of 2014 occupies some 35% of the country. The nuances of the conflict have never been well understood in the West, least of all by governments in the US and Europe, who, anticipating Assad's sudden departure, made it a condition of any negotiated settlement. The consequences of that miscalculation, Charles Glass contends in this concise survey, have contributed greatly to the unfolding disaster that we witness today. Glass has reporteds extensively from the Middle East, and travelled frequently in Syria, over several decades. Here he melds together reportage, analysis and history to provide an accessible overview of the origins and permutations defining the confict." -- from back cover.… (more)

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