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Appalling and Useless,
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This review is from: The Syrian Rebellion (Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the International Order) (Hardcover)
If ever there was a case for giving a book zero - or even negative - stars, this was it.
This is a badly written, uninteresting account of the background for the uprising in Syria. The book is full of views, analysis and postulates, none of which are backed up by a single statistic, source material or even reference. The book is full of quotes, but none are credited or referenced to a specific author, publication or even page number. The book does contain a series of Source Notes at the back, but it is the subject of a major forensic exercise linking each to a specific passage in the main text.
As a Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Fouad Ajami should have known better and he has basically produced a piece, which he has rendered completely and utterly useless for academic or research purposes.
Whether your interest in Syria is academic or lies within current affairs, I can only recommend you give this one a miss and don't waste your money. Fortunately there are far better books that cover recent events in Syria, both from an academic and current affairs perspective.