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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd (22 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849041970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849041973
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 1.8 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'[Starr's] material is vivid, thought-provoking and sometimes shocking . . . As eyewitness testimony, it has great value, not least because it challenges some of the simple certainties that have characterised coverage of the Syrian uprising. Mr Starr captures the pain of a deeply torn society in the throes of a bitter struggle, one that has estranged brother from brother, friend from friend.' ----The Economist

'Starr's book is the only account that gives previously unheard voices a chance to be heard. ... his familiarity with the sectarian and political milieu in Syria is better than anyone I know. He has spent five years in the country, marrying into Syrian society if there is one Irishman that the Syrians would describe as muta rrib, Arabicised , it is him. ... Through a series of vignettes and anecdotes, Starr provides us with a plethora of voices from minorities: Sunnis, Shias, Kurds, Palestinians, pro-regime and anti regime Syrians. ... The book is a witness to a dilapidated regime [and] Starr captures it all brilliantly.' ----New Statesman

'Unlike most western reporters who have written from Syria, Stephen Starr brings to bear a great deal of personal experience of the country, having lived and worked in Damascus for four years, including a spell with the state media. He's the sort of man who notices the price of milk going up and the increased presence of security forces on the streets as the noose tightens. With a wide network of friends and contacts, he conveys the warp and weft of daily life with an admirably nuanced understanding of the place.' ----The Spectator

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Stephen Starr is a freelance Irish journalist who has been reporting from Damascus since 2007. He covered the Syrian uprising for some of the world s leading newspapers and his work has been published in The Washington Post, Financial Times, The Times and Sunday Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Irish Times. He is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Near East Quarterly.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gary Fox on 4 Sept. 2012
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Starr possesses a keen eye for detail and an ability to craft a beautiful narrative that transforms the stories of the people of Damascus and Syria.

At times brutally honest and revealing, the author avoids the judgements and the black/white views often portrayed in mainstream media. Starr tells the story of the Syrian people and their struggle for a normal life in extraordinary circumstances.

The author possesses the unique view of having spent 5 years living side by side with people of every belief in Syria and he avoids at all costs the reporting from the hotel room journalism that western audiences have become accustomed to.

To truly understand the complex situation and the massive human impact from the conflict in Syria, you must read this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Omar Alqayyeh on 17 Aug. 2012
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The best book that explains the Syrian situation right now it is clear full of details written by a specialist in Syrian issues since2007 must be read for any one concerned about Syrian uprising
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This is a very interesting book, written in a way that even if English is not your first language, it is easy to understand. Always again! I am completely happy with the product and the way it was delivered.
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By Safetycatch on 30 Mar. 2015
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Excellent account of the build up to and beginnings of the revolution in Syria which led to the current chaos and catastrophe.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Period Drama Fan on 16 Nov. 2012
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Very interesting book to read regarding the build up to the existing war . Very easy to read and for those of you who have lived in the area is quite intriguing. It enlightened me to what was happening whilst I was living there and made sense to many of the things I saw and experienced. I have bought this book for 2 friends so would recommend this as one view of the present crisis from a foreign journalist who was living there.
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