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The New Lion of Damascus: Bashar al-Asad and Modern Syria

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Is Syria a rogue state? How important is it to the fates of Iraq, Iran, Israel, and Lebanon? Based on unique and extraordinary access to Syria’s President Bashar al-Asad, his circle, and his family, this book tells Syria’s inside story. David W. Lesch presents the essential account of this country and its enigmatic leader at a critical juncture in the history of the Middle ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 11th 2005 by Yale University Press
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Thiago S.
Nov 08, 2015 Thiago S. rated it liked it
The New Lion of Damascus fornece um historico sobre a Siria, sua relação com Israel, USA, URSS e os conflitos historicos no Oriente Medio, bem como analisa as semelhancas e diferenças entre os governos de Bashar Assad e seu pai, Hafez. Alguns reviews negativos do livro acusam o autor de ser tendencioso e idolatrar Bashar. Tirando a obvia admiraçao pelo lider sirio ao longo do texto, David Lesch esclarece um ponto fundamental nos paises islamicos, que é o costume tribal de ter no poder uma figura ...more
Apr 22, 2010 Adam rated it it was ok
You'll learn a fair amount of Syrian history, but much of it is highly tendentious. Lesch writes this hagiography of Bashar as though he was his royal scribe. He comes across as pathetically sychophantic.
Feb 27, 2013 Hamza rated it really liked it
Shelves: levant, arab-world
I have to say that I liked this book much more than some of the other reviewers did. I can only guess that some were turned off by Lesch's honesty regarding the U.S. and its "greatest ally" Israel. He wasn't too harsh, but any criticism is too much for some to bear. As for him writing the book as if he were Assad's "royal scribe", I didn't get that vibe either. Although the last chapter was a bit gushy, there were plenty of times in the book where Lesch criticized Assad's mistakes and discussed ...more
Dec 25, 2015 Dirk-Heine rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-east, history
Writing in 2005, Lesch tries to give a new view on the regime of Asad, using interviews of him and other regime insiders. This results in a very sharp analysis of the regime and its motivations, but it is handicapped by hagiographic tendencies when describing Asad personally. I believe Lesch' analysis of Syria and the challenges facing it is very well done, but he mischaracterized Asad's role in the regime and the possibile positive influence the man could have on Syria's future. But of course I ...more
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Jan 03, 2016 John F Papandrea rated it really liked it
Flattering portrayal of Asaad written before the Syrian Civil War. Although it makes clear that Syria was held together by the Alawite-dominated military, it gives no hint that Asaad could become such a monster.
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