4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 September 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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 August 2012
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
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2012
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.