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Revolt in Syria: Eye-witness to the Uprising
     

Revolt in Syria: Eye-witness to the Uprising

by Stephen Starr
 

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In January 2011 President Bashar al-Assad told the Wall Street Journal that Syria was "stable" and immune from revolt. In the months that followed, and as regimes fell in Egypt and Tunisia, thousands of Syrians took to the streets calling for freedom, with many dying at the hands of the regime. In Revolt in Syria: Eye-Witness to the Uprising, Stephen

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In January 2011 President Bashar al-Assad told the Wall Street Journal that Syria was "stable" and immune from revolt. In the months that followed, and as regimes fell in Egypt and Tunisia, thousands of Syrians took to the streets calling for freedom, with many dying at the hands of the regime. In Revolt in Syria: Eye-Witness to the Uprising, Stephen Starr delves deep into the lives of Syrians whose destiny has been shaped by the state for almost fifty years. In conversations with people from all strata of Syrian society, Starr draws together and makes sense of perspectives illustrating why Syria, with its numerous sects and religions, was so prone to violence and civil strife. Through his unique access to a country largely cut off from the international media during the unrest, Starr delivers compelling first hand testimony from both those who suffered and benefited most at the hands of the regime. Revolt details why many Syrians wanted Assad's government to stay as the threat of civil war loomed large, the long-standing gap between the state apparatus and its people and why the country's youth stood up decisively for freedom. Starr also sets out the positions adhered to by the country's minorities and explains why many Syrians believe that enforced regime change might precipitate a region-wide conflict.

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"[Starr's] material is vivid, thought-provoking and sometimes shocking...As eyewitness testimony, it has great value, not least because it challenges some of the simple certainties that have characterised coverage of the Syrian uprising. Mr. Starr captures the pain of a deeply torn society in the throes of a bitter struggle, one that has estranged brother from brother, friend from friend."—The Economist

"Starr's book is the only account that gives previously unheard voices a chance to be heard...his familiarity with the sectarian and political milieu in Syria is better than anyone I know. He has spent five years in the country, marrying into Syrian society if there is one Irishman that the Syrians would describe as muta rrib, Arabicised , it is him...Through a series of vignettes and anecdotes, Starr provides us with a plethora of voices from minorities: Sunnis, Shias, Kurds, Palestinians, pro-regime and anti regime Syrians...The book is a witness to a dilapidated regime [and] Starr captures it all brilliantly."—New Statesman

"Unlike most western reporters who have written from Syria, Stephen Starr brings to bear a great deal of personal experience of the country, having lived and worked in Damascus for four years, including a spell with the state media. He's the sort of man who notices the price of milk going up and the increased presence of security forces on the streets as the noose tightens. With a wide network of friends and contacts, he conveys the warp and weft of daily life with an admirably nuanced understanding of the place."—The Spectator

"Stephen Starr has written an extraordinary account of the uprising against the regime of Bashar al-Assad...[An] impressive and insightful eye-witness account."—Irish Times

"The book is an important contribution to the hugely stifled subject of Syria."—Huffington Post

"In the style of Kapuscinski, Revolt in Syria offers the reader a lively text, filled with interesting anecdotes and conversations detailing the first year of the conflict. Aided by five years as a freelance journalist based in Damascus, Starr draws on a broad array of interviewees when offering examples of the decay afflicting many of the country's institutions." — José Ciro Martínez, New Middle Eastern Studies

"No-one interested in the contemporary Arab world can afford to miss this book." — The Muslim World Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849041973
Publisher:
C. Hurst & Co. (Publishers) Ltd.
Publication date:
10/16/2012
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Starr is a freelance Irish journalist who has been reporting from Damascus since 2007. He covered the Syrian uprising for some of the world's leading newspapers and his work has been published in The Washington Post, Financial Times, The Times and Sunday Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Irish Times. He is also the founder and editor-inchief of Near East Quarterly.

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