From a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist specializing in the Middle East, this groundbreaking account of the Syrian Civil War reveals the never-before-published true story of a 21st-century humanitarian disaster.
In spring 2011, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad turned to his friend and army commander, Manaf Tlass, for advice about how to respond to Arab Spring-inspired protests. Tlass pushed for conciliation but Assad decided to crush the uprising an act which would catapult the country into an eight-year long war, killing almost half a million and fueling terrorism and a global refugee crisis.
Assad or We Burn the Country examines Syria's tragedy through the generational saga of the Assad and Tlass families, once deeply intertwined and now estranged in Bashar's bloody quest to preserve his father's inheritance. By drawing on his own reporting experience in Damascus and exclusive interviews with Tlass, Dagher takes readers within palace walls to reveal the family behind the destruction of a country and the chaos of an entire region.
Dagher shows how one of the world's most vicious police states came to be and explains how a regional conflict extended globally, engulfing the Middle East and pitting the United States and Russia against one another.
Timely, propulsive, and expertly reported, Assad or We Burn the Country is the definitive account of this global crisis, going far beyond the news story that has dominated headlines for years.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.00(d)|
About the Author
Sam Dagher has reported in the Middle East for more than fifteen years, most recently for The Atlantic. He was the only non-Syrian reporter for a major Western media outlet based in Damascus from 2012 to 2014, a period during which he was arrested by a pro Assad militia and briefly held in an underground mukhabarat (secret police) prison. He was later expelled from Syria for reporting deemed unfavorable to the regime. He has worked for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and Agence France Presse, and has covered the conflict in Iraq, the Arab Spring uprisings, and Libya. The Wall Street Journal nominated Dagher's work from Syria for the Pulitzer Prize and other journalism awards.
Table of Contents
Syria Map xi
Damascus Map xii
Inside the Palace xiii
Outside the Palace xv
1 You're Next, Doctor 3
2 Embracing the Clouds 20
3 Creation and Punishment 35
4 Golden Knight 57
5 To Whom the Horses after You, Bassel? 78
6 New King and Early Spring 95
7 Hit Them Where It Hurts 120
8 Precious Interlocutor and Unavoidable Player 145
9 No More Fear after Today 161
10 The Conspiracy 179
11 Make Peace 191
12 You're Too Soft 203
13 The Hama Manual 225
14 Yalla Erhal Ya, Bashar! (Come On, Bashar, Leave!) 240
15 Don't Stay with the Butcher 260
16 Blood on My Hands 273
17 We Have to Win! 285
18 Exiting 300
19 No Role for You 314
20 Holy War: At Your Service, O Bashar! 330
21 The Clan's Knights and Soothsayers 345
22 Macabre Coronation 368
23 A Game of Nations 390
24 Abu Ali Putin 404
25 Daesh or Bashar? 423
26 Dictators Strike Back-but Hope Endures 442
Note on Characters 461
What People are Saying About This
“The Syrian uprising has been one of the most consequential events in our new century—it has changed the world. Sam Dagher has been reporting from the heart of the crisis. His book, told through the eyes of two important Syrian insiders, a human rights activist and a former Brigadier General of the Syrian Republican Guard, is a vivid description of the crisis as it unfolded over the past 8 years. It is a must read for anyone who seeks to understand the complex world we are living in.”