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Assad or We Burn the Country: How One Family s Lust for Power Destroyed Syria Hardcover – 24 September 2019

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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown US; 1 edition (24 September 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316556726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316556729
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 5.2 x 24.4 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 839 g
  • Customer Reviews: 4.6 out of 5 stars25 customer ratings
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice PickThe Economist Bets Books of the YearThe Guardian Best Books of 2019Kirkus's Best Nonfiction Books of 2019---

"[An] impressively detailed account"--The Guardian US

"A moving and insightful account of the Syrian civil war."--Yuval Noah Harari, The Guardian

"A riveting chronicle from a courageous journalist who was there to witness and report the truth. A book that should deservedly garner significant award attention."--Kirkus, starred review

"A vivid and powerful account of the roots and course of the conflict, setting it in the context of Assad's personal history and approach to power."--Washington Post

"An important addition to the existing literature on the Middle East - especially Syria - by an astute Middle East watcher...It is absolutely indispensable to understand current Middle Eastern and Syrian situation."--The Washington Book Review

"An impressive feat of journalism."--Publishers Weekly

"As the only Western reporter based in Damascus during the early years of the civil war, Dagher has a rich perspective on the inner machinations of the regime of Bashar al Assad. In this important book, he lays out in grim detail the staggering cynicism and ruthless brutality of the Assad family. In doing so, he provides readers with a timely description of the dynasty that precipitated the destruction of a nation."--Clarissa Ward, Chief International Correspondent, CNN International

"As with so much of Dagher's writing, what's striking about the book is it doesn't just confirm the worst that's been reported about Assad's regime in the much-maligned "mainstream media;" it unearths new ways in which the horror and criminality are in fact more terrible than previously understood."--Alex Rowell, Al-Jumhuriya

"Dagher draws on history, interviews and his own experience as a reporter in Syria to depict an utterly ruthless regime."--The New York Times Book Review, Editor's Choice

Book Description

A "vivid" and "impressively detailed" chronicle of the Syrian Civil War that offers never-before published details about the origins and persistence of the 21st century's worst humanitarian disaster

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Matthew Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars A sad, sad story of an avoidable but bloody civil war driven by Assad and his hardliners.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 July 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and shattering work.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 September 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very detailed and comprehensive.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Didnt read the whole book
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Andy of Minnesota
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Recounting of the Syrian Conflict
Reviewed in the United States on 12 September 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inside story on the history and mind of Assad
Reviewed in the United States on 8 August 2019
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Sara Hammad
5.0 out of 5 stars Like watching a Genocide take place right before your eyes.
Reviewed in the United States on 12 August 2019
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Gary Pilgrim
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating!
Reviewed in the United States on 21 August 2019
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