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The Plain of Dead Cities: A Syrian Tale

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Three years of war. One hundred-fifty thousand dead. One million refugees. No end in sight. This is the grim reality of the conflict in Syria, one of the great tragedies of the modern era. Yet many people remain confused as to what the fighting is all about. The Plain Of Dead Cities makes sense of this complex scenario, by delving deep into the wells of Syrian history and ...more
Published April 1st 2014 by Cune Press (first published December 1st 2013)
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David Lentz
Aug 04, 2014 David Lentz rated it it was amazing
This is a book about a man who is in love with antiquity. It is as if this man has taken for the love of his life a place where continents and where history has trampled out its greatest epics of conquest. Bruce McLaren is a wandering man who finds fascination in the ruins of Syria. He has taken as his quest traveling to all four corners of this beleaguered nation which has seen over 5000 years the likes of Alexander the Great, Caesar, Ptolemy and the rise and fall of great civilizations from ...more
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‘Syria is complex indeed, multifarious and manifold.’

Bruce McLaren presents this book as a blend of memoir and fiction. He’s been to Syria, has studied its history and culture, religion and geopolitics, and uses this knowledge to take the reader on a virtual tour of Syria as it is now. By inserting himself in the present, Bruce McLaren helps to make some sense of who is fighting whom, and why.

‘The only thing that the Jews, Christians and Muslims agree upon is that they each think that they are
Craig Howe
Oct 01, 2014 Craig Howe rated it really liked it
Strands of Syrian Clarity

The Plain of Dead Cities: A Syrian Tale
By Bruce McLaren
Paperback: 170 pages
Publisher: Cune Press (April 1, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1614570844

I will admit it. To me modern Syria is an enigma. Recent headlines defy understanding.

Bruce McLaren’s book, The Plain of Dead Cities: A Syrian Tale helped provide me with a smidgeon of clarity. An Australian-born academic he excavated numerous sites across the Middle East, dating from the Neolithic to the Islamic Periods. Using the format
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Bruce McLaren is an Australian from rural New South Wales, who left home and just kept on going. He has an academic background in the archaeology and ancient history of the Middle East and Central Asia, regions in which he has both travelled and worked extensively.

McLaren received his doctorate in Middle Eastern Archaeology at the University of Sydney and published the first examination of the mil
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