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Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War Paperback – 20 Jan 2016

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press (20 Jan. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745336221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745336220
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Extraordinary... the book on Syria I was waiting for." – Molly Crabapple, artist, author, journalist

"Gripping... Cutting through [the] fog of geopolitics, [Burning Country] re-focuses the conflict with the people at its center." – Brian Whitaker, Newsweek

"Gripping... Cutting through [the] fog of geopolitics, [Burning Country] re-focuses the conflict with the people at its center." – Brian Whitaker, Newsweek

"The authors offer a detailed history of Syria's moderate opposition and a meticulous analysis of the origins of today's violent dynamics." – New Statesman

"Offers a compelling counter-narrative, rich with the voices of the Syrian people." – In These Times

"Robin Yassin-Kassab and Laila al-Shami’s Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War explores how Syria’s peaceful uprising gave way to armed insurgency and sectarian jihad... This is an important, honest and insightful book, well worth anyone’s time." – Marc Lynch, Washington Post

"Those in search of perspective on Syria’s devastation should turn to Burning Country, by the reporter Yassin-Kassab and the activist al-Shami. Their book offers a knowledgeable, empathetic, morally lucid account of the revolt against the Assad regime and an explanation of why—to the horror of many of its supporters—it became a civil war. Burning Country avoids the easy indulgence of indignation; instead, it elicits the voices of many different Syrians involved in the uprising, acknowledging their suffering as well as their courage, intelligence, and humanity, while explaining the terrible choices that have been forced on them." – Ursula Lindsey, The Nation

"The most succinct and convincing insider’s narrative of the uprising." – Richard Spencer - Daily Telegraph

"For decades Syrians have been forbidden from telling their own stories and the story of their country, but here Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila al-Shami tell the Syrian story. Their words represent the devastated country which has denied them and their compatriots political representation. Burning Country is an indispensable book for those who wish to know the truth about Syria." – Yassin al-Haj Saleh, Syrian writer, intellectual, and former political prisoner

"Burning Country is poised to become the definitive book not only on the continuing Syrian conflict but on the country and its society as a whole. Very few books have been written on ‘the kingdom of silence’ that effectively capture how we all got here while not omitting the human voice, the country's heroes and heroines -- a combination that is rare but essential for understanding the conflict and its complexities. Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami have written a must-read book even as the conflict still rages to understand what happened, why it happened and how it should end." – Hassan Hassan, co-author of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror (New York Times bestseller) and Associate Fellow, Chatham House, London

About the Author

Robin Yassin-Kassab is a regular media commentator on Syria and the Middle East. He is the author of the novel The Road from Damascus (Hamish Hamilton, 2008) and a contributor to Syria Speaks (Saqi, 2014).



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