The Truth about Syria [NOOK Book]

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With its mix of competing religious and ethnic groups, radical ideologies, and ferocious political repression, the growing tension surrounding Syria presents an increasingly serious problem for the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy. Yet surprisingly, very little is known about this country and its role in shaping the destiny of the region. This bold investigation looks at how the country has become a powder ...

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Overview

With its mix of competing religious and ethnic groups, radical ideologies, and ferocious political repression, the growing tension surrounding Syria presents an increasingly serious problem for the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy. Yet surprisingly, very little is known about this country and its role in shaping the destiny of the region. This bold investigation looks at how the country has become a powder keg and offers an insightful analysis of recent developments.

About the Author:
Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and author of The Long War for Freedom, Yasir Arafat, The Tragedy of the Middle East, and Hating America

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Editorial Reviews

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"Syria will play a major role in the years to come both as a player and an issue in world politics. This book, written by a veteran student of Middle East affairs, is the most up-to-date and reliable guide available on this subject."

—Walter Laqueur, Emeritus Professor, Georgetown University, and author of The Road to War

"In this book Barry Rubin takes Syria as a model of Arab tyranny. What might look like gratuitous violence, cruelty, or mendacity serves the purpose of shoring up the power of the one-man ruler and his regime, and is completely predictable. There is now no good reason for the West and its leaders to go along with this dynamic, indeed to feed it regularly. Rubin describes with care, and prescribes with caution. The achievement is as informed as it is humane."

—David Pryce-Jones, author of The Closed Circle: An Interpretation of the Arabs

"Barry Rubin's book is a much-needed examination that cuts through the delusions and fantasies currently in vogue about the Assad regime. Rubin nails the nature of Syria's rulers and their behavior, explaining why they are—and will always be—hard-line, chronic exporters of instability."

—Tony Badran, Research Fellow (Levant), Foundation for Defense of Democracies

"The Truth About Syria . . . is a welcome contribution to the largely unimpressive body of research on modern Syria. Rubin's well-sourced study provides an unvarnished appraisal of Syrian politics, making no apologies for the brutal internal and destabilizing foreign policies that characterized the 30 year rule of Syrian leader Hafiz Assad and that persist under Hafiz's son and successor Bashar. The Truth About Syria is informative, insightful, and readable, and is an important contribution toward understanding this important but understudied state."

—David Schenker, Senior Fellow in Arab Politics, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

"Professor Rubin's book comes at a time when the debate over Syria and its regime is growing throughout Europe and America. He courageously gathers evidence showing the impossibility of dealing with Syria or changing its behavior. The merit of Rubin's book lies in the thorough dissection of the regime's psychological conduct, and of the tools this dictatorship has used in the past and uses now to remain in power. Any approach to the Syrian problem that does not take Professor Rubin's analysis into consideration will be an incomplete one."

—Elie Fawaz, Lebanese political analyst

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044329317
  • Publisher: Barry Rubin
  • Publication date: 2/15/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 26,324
  • File size: 1,007 KB

Meet the Author

Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and author of The Long War for Freedom; Yasir Arafat; The Tragedy of the Middle East; and Hating America. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, and many other publications. He is the editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal.

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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Why Syria Matters     1
The World's Most Unstable Country, 1946-1970     27
Assad's System, Then and Now     43
Against All Neighbors     73
Surviving the 1990s     97
Dictator and Son, Inc.     125
The Great Challenge at Home     147
Turning the Tables     171
The Counterattack     199
The Abyss Beckons     235
Notes     265
Index     285
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Very informative!

    Lengthy read and oftentimes repetitve, yet I learned a lot and it is an appropriate time to read it given what's going on in the world today. Highly recommed it!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2008

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    When I saw the title I was hoping for the truth, but didn't really find it here. The book is completely one sided, and I have found many of the analogies used in this book are also used in THE NEW LION OF DAMASCUS. One of which was comparing the Assad family to the Corleone family from the Godfather movies. I wanted to stop reading this book after the first chapter, but I carried on and finished it out. If you would like to read this book buy it as well as the previous mentioned book. I didnt care for the presentation or some of the content that I wanted a source for that was not present, so I am not sure where it came from and can not check for myself.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    Yes, Very Fluent

    Ah! But Yes! I choose this book!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 30, 2013

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