The Fall of the House of Assad

By David W. Lesch
(Yale University Press, Hardcover, 9780300186512, 288pp.)

Publication Date: September 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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One of the only Westerners well acquainted with Assad sheds new light on the ophthalmologist-turned-tyrant and how his regime failed Syria

About the Author

David W. Lesch is professor of Middle East history, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX. He has written numerous books on the Middle East and has traveled widely there on scholarly, business, and diplomatic endeavors. He is a frequent consultant to US government departments on Middle East issues. He lives in San Antonio.

Praise For Syria

"David Lesch is one of the very few outsiders who knows anything about either Assad or his highly secretive regime; all the other scholars of Syria are forced to look from the outside in."—E. Roger Owen, author of The Rise and Fall of Arab Presidents for Life

-E. Roger Owen

"What separates this book from others on Syria and the Syrian uprising is the sense of immediacy that comes from Dr Lesch's long acquaintanceship with Bashar al-Assad and regime insiders and the anger and sorrow he feels about their betrayal of Syria." - James L. Gelvin, author of The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know

-James Gelvin

"Detailed and thoughtful in the potential outcomes for this key Middle Eastern state."—The Bookseller

"Personal knowledge and on-the-ground experience inform this behind-the-headlines chronicle of the Syrian conflict."—Kirkus

"Insightful, valuable..Understanding Syria is important, and David Lesch’s book is invaluable for those who want to do so."—Philip Seib, Dallas Morning News
-Philip Seib

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