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  • Paperback: 562 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; New Ed edition (1 July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520069765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520069763
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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"This is a book in the finest tradition of investigative scholarship. The research is awesome. . . . Seale's great strength is his ability to explain the confusing kaleidoscopic nature of Middle Eastern diplomacy. He understands the game being played and also knows the players. . . . [An] impressive book."--"Los Angeles Times Book Review


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By A Customer on 19 Oct. 1998
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Although this book purports to be a biography of Asad, it is really a whirlwind tour of 20th-century Syrian history. The book's main focus is on its foreign relations with the Middle East, the Soviet Union, and the United States. With clarity and insight, Seale details such seminal events as the Arab-Israeli wars of 1967 and 1973, the Middle East peace process, and the Gulf Wars. Seale provides the perfect balance of explanation and analysis while never getting bogged down in useless detail. Useful analyses of such key figures as Sadat, Begin, and Sharon are just as relevant today as they were when this book was written. His detailing of Asad's relationship with Kissinger is enough to make the reader cringe for, unfortunately, Kissinger's duplicity and manipulations were not limited to such places as Chile,Kurdistan,etc. This book is invaluable for its enumeration on the political situation in the Middle East. Valuable to the reader struggling to gain an overall understanding of the Middle East, this book also shrewdly portrays Asad's rise to power both in his own country and in the Middle East.
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In light of current events in Syria I wanted a better understanding of its history and that of the Ba'ath party in Syria. The athour Patrick Seale is a British historian who knows the region very well and has been writing about it for decades unlike many of those who write about the current crisis today without that same level of experience. Over a period of time Seale had access not only to Hafiz Al-Asad but also to his inner circle and former party comrades. I felt the book did suffer from a perspective that was almost exclusively Ba'athist and Syrian. The book was published prior to Asad's death in June 2000.

The style of the book is scholarly, more like a university text book than a light breezy style so popular these days. The writing is so detailed that even those with little background knowledge should have little trouble understanding the subject matter. The book is published by University Chicago Press and has very good quality paper and nice font. Although only paperback it is still quite heavy. There are a few black and white photos in the middle and a map of Syria at the front.

The book begins by describing the environment Asad was raised in, his grandfather was a respected village leader (p4) among the mountain bosses, the Zu'ama (P4). Back then Syrian society was defined by the tribal rules, guns were everywhere and quarrels were common. Power struggles within and between communities were constantly happening. The Ottomans, were are told, largely neglected the mountain people and left them to their own devices, thus they became a backward isolated but free people, Turkish rule in Syria often ended at the outer limits of the cities. Hafiz Al-Asad was born the 9th of 11 children, his mother Na'isa, her husbands 2nd wife was 20 years younger than her husband.
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This book is interesting in that it takes the view of the Middle East from the Arab side. This in itself makes it an almost indispensable reader for those who want to find out both sides of the story of the struggle in the Middle East.
Basically, it tells the struggle of Hafez Asad and Syria to confron Israel and to stand up for Arab rights. Unfortunately, this has led Syria into fifty years of conflict with Israel.
This book goes through everything, the early years of conflict in the 1950's, the disaster of 1967, the even bigger setback of 1973 and Egypt's peace with Israel, and the final redemption of the Lebanon war (the only time when Arabs were able to resist Israel and push them back over their border).
It also covers Syrian wrong-doings, such as the massacre in Hama (often quoted by the west and Israel), and how these situations were created and sponsored by foreign security services (no prizes for guessing who). Read it and find out... Be prepared to find out that Al-Quaeda are linked to the people that Asad fought in Hama (the Muslim brotherhood)? This book was written in 1992, but if you make the connection this book takes on an even more unsettling relevance.
A worthy book for the open reader, one who doesn't just swallow western platitudes about 'terror'.
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I would not call myself a fan of political literature, yet I found this book absolutely riveting. Don't be fooled by the title, it's much more than just a biography of the mysterious Syrian leader. The book explains the background to the current problems in the Middle East and does not shy away from exposing the Israeli Middle East agenda and it's Washington allies. The book offers very fair commentary and illustrates how Kissinger and his cronies have created a time-bomb in this part of the World. It dispels the carefully cultivated myth of Israeli "self defence" and is a damming indictment of a grossly biased US policy that can only harm America in the longer term.
It's undoubtedly uncomfortable reading for us in the West and forces us to question our perceptions. For instance, how do we define terrorism and who are the real terrorists in the Middle East ? Why was it deemed critical to knock Saddam Hussein down to size after the Iran - Iraq war? Why is Israel able to consistently flout / side step and break both international conventions and UN resolutions? All these issues and more are answered in this superb commentary book.
"Asad" does of course delve the personality of this modern statesman and offers insight into his shrewdness and the events that shape his policies. He is portrayed as an essentially peaceful man who wants peace but not a peace dictated by exclusively Israeli terms. In short, he is the one Arab leader who understands the need to negotiate from a position of equality with Israel. The Syrian leader does of course have a darker side to his personality, and the book does not shy away from exposing this. Yet we must temper this with the knowledge that other Middle Eastern personalities (including Rabin, Dayan, Begin, Ben-Gurion and Meir are hardly angels). This book is a "must read". Buy it!
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