Syria Burning: A Short History of a Catastrophe

Syria Burning: A Short History of a Catastrophe Charles Glass
  • Title: Syria Burning: A Short History of a Catastrophe
  • Author: Charles Glass
  • ISBN: 9781784785161
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Paperback
  • Syria Burning: A Short History of a Catastrophe Charles Glass Syria Burning A Short History of a Catastrophe What are the origins of the Syrian crisis and why did no one do anything to stop it Since the upsurge of the Arab Spring in the Syrian civil war has claimed in excess of lives with an
    What are the origins of the Syrian crisis, and why did no one do anything to stop it Since the upsurge of the Arab Spring in 2011, the Syrian civil war has claimed in excess of 200,000 lives, with an estimated 8 million Syrians, than a third of the country s population, forced to flee their homes Militant Sunni groups, such as ISIS, have taken control of large swatheWhat are the origins of the Syrian crisis, and why did no one do anything to stop it Since the upsurge of the Arab Spring in 2011, the Syrian civil war has claimed in excess of 200,000 lives, with an estimated 8 million Syrians, than a third of the country s population, forced to flee their homes Militant Sunni groups, such as ISIS, have taken control of large swathes of the nation The impact of this catastrophe is now being felt on the streets of Europe and the United States Veteran Middle East expert Charles Glass combines reportage, analysis, and history to provide an accessible overview of the origins and permutations defining the conflict He also gives a powerful argument for why the West has failed to get to grips with the consequences of the crisis.
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    About Charles Glass


    1. Charles Glass is an author, journalist and broadcaster, who specializes in the Middle East He made headlines when taken hostage for 62 days in Lebanon by Shi a militants in 1987, while writing a book during his time as ABC s News chief Middle East correspondent He writes regularly for the New York Review of Books, Harper s, the London Review of Books and The Spectator He is the author of Syria Burning, Tribes with Flags, Money for Old Rope, The Tribes Triumphant, The Northern Front, Americans in Paris and Deserters A Hidden History of World War II.


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    1. There is some historical context in the book that readers might find useful, but there is very little about the present crisis that is either accurate, insightful or unbiased Glass is at pains to conceal the imbalance of forces in Syria and tries to create a false parity by mentioning regime crimes in passing while focusing most of his attention on the opposition s shortcomings He makes the task easier for himself by lumping the opposition together with ISIS a monstrous outfit that terrorizes Sy [...]

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    2. This is a pretty hard book to review, because on the one hand it contains a lot of important history but on the other side it barely does what it s supposed to do When the Syrian Civil War broke out in 2011 most people expected it to topple the government within the year, if the previous protests of the Arab Spring were to be believed another Middle Eastern country would convert to a democratic process Now the country is six years removed from the beginning of the uprising and after a number of [...]

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    3. Getting to the fucking bottom of this now I tend to trust VERSO so checked their catalogue first As the title reads, it s a short history of a catastrophe Way too short for my liking but with many references to other, in depth, books on this fucked up war which I will gladly follow up upon There are a few paras on Syrian class politics and Assad s neoliberal reforms post 2000 to better understand the uprising but, again, way too short to make any real sense of it.Otherwise, nothing new, really, [...]

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    4. A quick read to get a decent background on the ongoing crisis in Syria and the historic origins Good insight on the impact of WW1 and the fall of the Ottoman Empire in that region The only downside is this author has some serious biases which I disagree with he is very anti Israeli So a good read, but decide for yourself what you think is right.

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    5. I thought this was a really helpful primer of all the various interests at play in Syria It s not meant to be comprehensive but rather serves as a jumping off point for further reading.

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    6. For someone who has been closely following the development of Syria s unfortunate and traumatic battle between the political agenda, sects, and religious ideologies, this book is a treat with the author s post 2011 experience in traveling war beaten cities of Aleppo and Damascus Charles Glass shows how the current rebellion is both similar and different from the rebellion of the Syrians against British and French occupation during the First World War about a century ago We get to see how, in the [...]

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    7. Syria Burning A Short History of a Catastrophe is a very readable and understandable novel Most of us in the U.S don t really know all the details that led up to all the war and refugees The reporting are inadequate, news is bundled swiftly and moves on This book takes the reader back to the history behind the society, religion, past conflicts, leaders, and the other historic content to get a feel for why all this came about The author is very good at explaining these things in a real and sensib [...]

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    8. As is written in a forward to this book by Patrick Cockburn Few events in recent history have been subjected to so much inadequate and partial reporting It is difficult to write sensibly and with balance about a struggle in which all sides, including much of the media, is so partisan.The prominence of this book is that it looks to this tragedy from a perspective that is not covered by the vast but monotone and partisan coverage of this tragedy by mainstream media.

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    9. An interesting but clearly biased account of the events in Syria the author draws some sort of equivalence between the rebels, Isis and the regime where no such equivalence exists example of his bias is the fact that he interviews many people representing different facets of Syrian society but not once does he interviews a Sunni Syrian.

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    10. This is a well written book about the war in Syria The author has traveled in Syria and doe a lot of reporting from the middle east.

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    11. Excellent overview Easy to read Vivid personal anecdotes

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    12. The Syria was is a free for all in which everyone pursues his own interests to the detriment of the Syrians themselves Charles Glass writes a helpful breakdown on the complicated intricacies of the war in Syria from 2011 2016 It is discouraging to highlight the aspect of proxy wars and the vested interests nations such as the United States, France, Russia, Iran, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar have taken in accidentally and intentionally aiding this seemingly endless war This book also [...]

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    13. somebody should really write the book that this is supposed to be that probably won t be possible til after this whole thing s over, but that won t stop publishers from churning these books out that bring baselessly authoritative tones and preconceived narratives to a fluid, chaotic situation there is some good stuff here, actually, probably, but it s a total mess the half history half present thing is incoherent, not illuminating there are claims that, lacking grounding, read as insinuations, a [...]

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    14. Very unorganized and spoke in detail of the revolutions in Syria prior to the current war than the current war itself.

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    15. The Syrian war is a free for all in which everyone pursues his own interest to the detriment of the Syrians themselves.

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    16. This was alright I mean let s start with writing history is always difficult It s hard to be fair and equal while building interest, and you are limited by the resources available.That said, let s start with a couple cons The book s timeline often jumps back and forth Especially with historical non fiction Glass does not do it well enough I was often a bit lost on the time period he was discussing and it took extra effort to try to get a clear timeline on the history.Additionally, he offers no c [...]

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    17. How sad and hopeless this book is and probably how true It says loud things we don t want to believe That so far, Assad, is the only hope for minorities to survive That the western world believed for much too long that non respect of human rights was linked to capitalism and money to discover finally that murder and violence are the same, no matter which side of the political checker they come from Yes, ISIL did not matter as long as the problems they created and the people they killed were only [...]

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    18. This is the first book I read on the crisis in Syria, and for that reason found it very accessible because he starts from the scratch and takes the reader along The current revolution rebellion depending on the side you are on is placed within the context of previous such events in Syria s history, that leaves the reader with the sense of how less we have actually learnt from history His basic argument seems to be that foreign involvement has made the conflict worse, because foreign allies on bo [...]

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    19. Syria Burning is exactly what it says it is, A brief History It s actually of an overview of recent events with some history thrown in to round out the subject I am not an expert on Syria or the Middle East I know enough to understand that the issues are quite convoluted and stem from misguided or inept policies of outside parties As a brief overview Syria Burning works well For someone who is looking for a very basic understanding I could recommend this as a starting point For any type of dept [...]

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    20. A brief but fantastic clear eyed account of the events that led to the ongoing civil war in Syria Charles Glass a journalist that has certainly earned his stripes for his decades of reporting in the region makes a compelling argument that the meddling of foreign powers Arab, Russian, and Western has caused the morphing of a local rebellion against an oppressive government into an intractable, full scale proxy war in which no winner is likely to emerge, possibly for years.To do this, Glass weaves [...]

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    21. I am Syrian i want read this book Syrian burning a short history of catastrophethank you

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    22. I am torn in this review, I think the book needed to be longer and of a slow contextualized explanation However I was willing to read it because it was short and concise I know a lot now about Syria, its history, and its diversity I wish there was a recommended reading list at the end of this because wow it is a ridiculously complex history, rich with contradiction But I will say this, it made me want to know I want to understand how colonial powers shaped Syrias history It also made me want [...]

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    23. I read this in a day It s an astonishing account of what is happening in Syria set in some kind of historical and political context As the foreword says, The war in Syria has long needed a good book to explain what and why it is happening Few events in recent history have been subjected to so much inadequate reporting This book fills that hole.I m sure that the relative brevity means that some of the political nuance is lost, but for a newcomer to the wider picture like me , it was well pitched [...]

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    24. I think this book has some important points to make, mainly the ones that push back against the exaltation of the rebels that Burning Country performs But on the whole it struck me as sort of a whitewashing of the Assad regime the argument is along the lines of yes there are bad things about Assad, but he s still an anti imperialist hero and the results of a successful revolution would be way worse than Assad in this respect To make this argument, Glass conflates the FSA with al Nusra and ISIS, [...]

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    25. At less than 200 pages, the main thing this book did for me was leave me with the feeling that I know less than I did before I read it It s well written, there s a good general historical overview and a good general synopsis of the current issues It s tragic and made even so by the self interested interference by other nations specifically, the US, Russia, France, Britain, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey I agree with his conclusion that a unified strategy would be effective, but I am uncertain t [...]

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    26. As someone who only understood the conflict in Syria through Western reporting it was extremely informative to read this first hand viewpoint The author has opinions and states them clearly, but does not appear to have an agenda beyond making the reader understand how complicated the situation is I believe it does a good job of describing the factions and loyalties on each of the sides of the conflict In that way, the book is objective than I expected I rated it 5 stars for how informative this [...]

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    27. Glass s book opens with a helpful chronology of the Civil War, up to December 2014, before juxtaposing a summary of the conflict with a wider political, historical, and demographic context The book highlights the West s incompetence as well as the Syrian opposition s conflicting objectives or complete lack thereof and perhaps is not as critical of the Assad regime as it could be It is a useful primer and a nice companion piece to The Rise of Islamic State ISIS and the New Sunni Revolution by Pat [...]

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    28. Very well written, draws upon a wealth of knowledge of the history of Syria, from the Ottomon Empire to now.It is now a blow by blow account of the civil war Glass weaves parts of the history of modern Syria in with events from the war, and in doing so shows how the present mirrors the past, and draws together the strands which lead to the civil war.A fantastic primer on the both the civil war and syria s history.

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    29. Insightful and really well written book introducing the Syrian crisis The Syrian crisis is truly a world crisis The author takes a very complex topic and does an amazing job breaking it all down This is a very complicated area to understand If only politicians would take the time to understand an area before getting involved with internal politics and strife This book is an excellent place to start.

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    30. This is a pretty strange book if you are looking for a clear and chronological introduction to a dizzying conflict, this is not really for you It s a set of essays, clearly by someone who knows a great deal about Syria I ended the book with a better sense of Syrian history as a whole, and of Syria as a place, but without much better of a sense of the nature of the current civil war.

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