"David Lesch is one of the very few outsiders who knows anything about either Assad or his highly secretive regime; all the other scholars of Syria are forced to look from the outside in."-E. Roger Owen, author of The Rise and Fall of Arab Presidents for Life -- E. Roger Owen "What separates this book from others on Syria and the Syrian uprising is the sense of immediacy that comes from Dr Lesch's long acquaintanceship with Bashar al-Assad and regime insiders and the anger and sorrow he feels about their betrayal of Syria." - James L. Gelvin, author of The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know -- James Gelvin "Detailed and thoughtful in the potential outcomes for this key Middle Eastern state."-The Bookseller The Bookseller "Personal knowledge and on-the-ground experience inform this behind-the-headlines chronicle of the Syrian conflict."-Kirkus Kirkus "Insightful, valuable..Understanding Syria is important, and David Lesch's book is invaluable for those who want to do so."-Philip Seib, Dallas Morning News -- Philip Seib Dallas Morning News "Lesch ably tackles Bashar's failures. He excels in explaining the underlying economic reasons for the Syrian people's frustrations with their regime."-Rayyan Al-Shawaf, Christian Science Monitor -- Rayyan Al-Shawaf Christian Science Monitor "David Lesch's Syria is timely, relevant, and to the point, providing the educated reader with everything needed to make sense of what is happening in that country... A major contribution to our knowledge of Syria and the Middle East. Anyone who seeks a real understanding of these subjects must read this book."-Andrew Rosenbaum, New York Journal of Books -- Andrew Rosenbaum New York Journal of Books
About the Author
David W. Lesch is professor of Middle East history at Trinity University. He lives in San Antonio, TX.