The Truth about Syria

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Palgrave Macmillan, May 29, 2007 - Social Science - 304 pages
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Syria has long presented a serious problem for the Middle East region and U.S. policy. With its mix of competing religious and ethnic groups, radical ideologies, and political repression, it is a 72,000-square-mile time bomb waiting to go off. Yet surprisingly, very little is known about this country and the role it has played in shaping the destiny of the Middle East. In The Truth about Syria, Middle East expert Barry Rubin looks at the critical issues that have made the country the powderkeg of the Middle East and offers an insightful analysis of the effects of recent developments.

 

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User Review  - Chad Nagle - Goodreads

Look, I appreciate the scholarship of this author, and it is good to read a book about a terrible subject that captures a genuinely solemn tone throughout. I respect that. There are plenty of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Fabián - Goodreads

Not wrong, but extremely repetitive and chaotic presentation. It could have been cut short by two-thirds. Read full review

Contents

Why Syria Matters
1
The Worlds Most Unstable Country 19461970
27
Assads 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
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About the author (2007)

Barry Rubin is the 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 has been a Council on Foreign Relations Fellow and is the editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs.

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