Distributed by Random House – Available Oct. 7, 2014.

Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect

Written by Reese Erlich
Foreword by Noam Chomsky
Format: Hardcover | ISBN: 9781616149482
Our Price: $25.00

Electronic Editions
Format: eBook | ISBN: 9781616149499
Our Price: $11.99

Published by: Prometheus Books
On Sale: October 07, 2014

Based on first-hand reporting from Syria and Washington, journalist Reese Erlich unravels the complex dynamics underlying the Syrian civil war. Through vivid, on-the-ground accounts and interviews with both rebel leaders and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Erlich gives the reader a better understanding of this momentous power struggle and why it matters.

Through his many contacts inside Syria, the author reveals who is supporting Assad and why; he describes the agendas of the rebel factions; and he depicts in stark terms the dire plight of many ordinary Syrian people caught in the cross-fire. The book also provides insights into the role of the Kurds, the continuing influence of Iran, and the policies of US leaders who seem interested only in protecting US regional interests.

As Erlich shows, current events in Syria can be best understood by looking at Syria’s recent history, especially the roles of key historic figures. Several chapters are devoted to these influential leaders–including T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), journalist Lowell Thomas, Muslim brotherhood founder Hassan al Banna, Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Saddam Hussein, and Hafez al-Assad.

Disturbing and enlightening at once, this timely book shows you not only what is happening inside Syria but why it is so important for the Middle East, the US, and the world.

“Erlich efficiently unearths some of the most problematic and overlooked narratives about terrorism.”
— Publishers Weekly starred review (on Conversations with Terrorists)

“Combines good investigative reporting with sharp analysis….a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the problems with and seeing change in U.S. Cuba policy.”
–Walter Cronkite (on Dateline Havana)

4 Responses to “REESE’S NEW BOOK”
  1. Entera says:

    Am just wrapping up reading your book. You have done a tremendous service by combining your years of vast experience in the region, your contacts, and personal experience in producing what I believe to be an exceptional document of a confusing and terrifying situation. I applaud this effort and will recommend it to others who have the stomach to wade into the labyrinth of combatting ideologies/religions and power grabs, in the midst of beleaguered and war weary populations.

    If anything should give us pause to reconsider our outmoded concept of conflict and throwing more weapons at a problem, this should be it. I also appreciate your balanced views of the participants, including the US and Israel, along with other western powers.

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