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5.0 out of 5 stars
Timely and revealing, 4 Sep 2012
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.