Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War

Burning Country Syrians in Revolution and War In many Syrians took to the streets of Damascus to demand the overthrow of the government of Bashar al Assad Today much of Syria has become a warzone and many worry that the country is on the b

  • Title: Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War
  • Author: Robin Yassin-Kassab Leila Al-Shami
  • ISBN: 9780745336220
  • Page: 103
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 2011, many Syrians took to the streets of Damascus to demand the overthrow of the government of Bashar al Assad Today, much of Syria has become a warzone and many worry that the country is on the brink of collapse Burning Country explores the complicated reality of life in present day Syria with unprecedented detail and sophistication, drawing on new first hand testiIn 2011, many Syrians took to the streets of Damascus to demand the overthrow of the government of Bashar al Assad Today, much of Syria has become a warzone and many worry that the country is on the brink of collapse Burning Country explores the complicated reality of life in present day Syria with unprecedented detail and sophistication, drawing on new first hand testimonies from opposition fighters, exiles lost in an archipelago of refugee camps, and courageous human rights activists Yassin Kassab and Al Shami expertly interweave these stories with an incisive analysis of the militarization of the uprising, the rise of the Islamists and sectarian warfare, and the role of Syria s government in exacerbating the brutalization of the conflict Through these accounts and a broad range of secondary source material, the authors persuasively argue that the international community has failed in its stated commitments to support the Syrian opposition movements Covering ISIS and Islamism, regional geopolitics, new grassroots revolutionary organizations, and the worst refugee crisis since World War Two, Burning Country is a vivid and groundbreaking look at a modern day political and humanitarian nightmare.

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    1. Think Syria is complicated? This is the book for you.I cannot describe how much I love this book. Having read much on Syria, books and otherwise, this is by FAR the greatest account on the Syrian conflict I have come across for a number of reasons.1) First and foremost, it brings the conflict back to those who are suffering most: the Syrian people. We are told accounts of real civilians who have worked tirelessly on the ground to support their cause, including those who were/are engaged in civic [...]

    2. Μία εξαιρετική αφήγηση των γεγονότων που οδήγησαν στη σημερινή κατάσταση στη Συρία από την πλευρά των πιο αρμοδίων για να μιλήσουν για αυτά: των ίδιων των εξεγερμένων. Αυτών δηλαδή που το 2011 ξεσηκώθηκαν ενάντια στο σκληρό καθεστώς που τους κυβερνάει εδώ και δεκαετίες για ν [...]

    3. I haven’t been following events in Syria that closely. ‘Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War’ (by Robin Yassin-Kassab, Leila Al-Shami) is only one among several books that have been written in the midst of the ongoing conflict, but I’d heard consistently good things about it since its release at the beginning of 2016. It doesn’t disappoint. I started it yesterday, lulled by the conclusion of a large project and a thousand pictures of Christmas dinner preparations on twitter. [...]

    4. Excellent overview of the Syrian revolution, tracing it's origins from a largely peaceful, entirely spontaneous cross-cultural uprising into it's militarization and then islamicisation (is that even a word), and arguing that the latter was actually openly encouraged by assad's regime in a clever move to secularise the conflict and prevent the rebels from receiving wholehearted foreign support. It's bleak and depressing, but also serves as a pretty important tribute to the many courageous Syrian [...]

    5. This is less a book about political events than an account of how the Syrian revolution has transformed the country both politically and culturally. It offers a seldom-reported firsthand perspective on how and why Syrians sought to free themselves from the Assad dictatorship, as well as the effects of the global counterrevolution that has met their efforts.The authors takes an anti-imperialist perspective of events, convincingly describing the Assad government as a local satrap for regional and [...]

    6. An activist's account of the revolution and of Assad's savage repression in Syria. A very disturbing look from within. In sum: Assad is a monster.

    7. A perfectly composed encapsulation of the Syrian narrative – nothing comes close to reading the personal thoughts and words of the Syrian revolutionaries themselves. Anecdotes have been seriously undermined, and this book revives this issue. Split into ten chapters, the book explains and analyses all aspects of the revolution – what I liked most was the clear chronology. It took you through from the beginning right through to the present, and it was truly fascinating to see how the revolutio [...]

    8. "Videos of tens of thousands of people demonstrating against tyranny gave way to the images of deserted streets in derelict towns. Of tanks driving up main streets and planes bombing villages. The cynics who didn’t bat an eyelid for the thousands of innocents who were shot like dogs now nod their heads knowingly and speak of a revolution ‘hijacked’. They can go to hell. This revolution was not about an ideology or a religion, and it wasn’t about grand political scheming, it was about nor [...]

    9. This is such a necessary book. Highly recommended to anyone who is interested in reading about Syria. It's an easy to read, well written and succinct account of the Syrian regime, the revolution and the current situation. In badiouian terms it's a heartbreaking plea to maintain fidelity to the event of the syrian revolution and for western leftists to understand the situation based on grassroots voices rather than through 'anti-imperialist' dogma. Really good.

    10. If you are searching for something like a 'people's history of the Syrian revolution', you don't have to look any further, this is it.

    11. Tough to know exactly what to make of this timely 2016 book by Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami. After a brief overview of Syrian history focusing mainly on post-Ottoman developments, the authors focus in great detail on the rule of Bashaar al-Assad, who cultivated his image as a reformer initially but whose "regime's tolerance was short-lived." The book ably traces, at times in mind-obliterating detail, the beginnings and progress of the Syrian Revolution, with whose cause they strongly s [...]

    12. اول نقاط ضعفش رو بگم :البته به کتابی که 5 ستاره میدی که نباید ایراد بگیری ولی خب ستاره هاش بیشتر بخاطر تاثیرش روی من و جامعیتش بود.اول اینکه کتاب مال 2 سال پیشه و با خوندن این کتاب نمیشه فهمید این دوسال اخیر در سوریه چه خبر بوده که خب تقصیر کتاب یا نویسنده نیستدوم اینکه با توجه به [...]

    13. Outstanding book. I'm always hesitant of using the term 'must-read', but the Syrian revolution is so important to the world's politics today that I think everyone really should read this.

    14. A must-read for everyone right now. Don't be lulled to sleep by the macro-narratives of state actors--there is so much more at play. Truly an indispensable book.

    15. The dastardly Syrian civil war continues to be dark stain on our global conscience. 470,000 deaths, and counting, at the beginning of 2017.  "Burning Country: Syrians In Revolution And War" is a short read, packed full of invaluable facts, data, and interviews from a wide range of the key players. Despite its brevity, I took more notes for this book than any other in recent memory. There is a terrible amount of disinformation written about Syria. In such circumstances, it is always wor [...]

    16. I have several complaints about this book. One is that it contains a lot of unsourced material. I'll provide a couple of examples. In Chapter 5 there is a description of the Syrian government's behavior below (pg. 106):"The regime pursued a scorched earth strategy. It was all very deliberate and self-declared. The shabeeha scrawled it on the walls: ‘Either Assad or We’ll Burn the Country’. In the countryside they killed livestock and burned crops." This passage is found between a footnoted [...]

    17. "A people who dared to demand freedom received annihilation instead."This was a tough read. First, literally. It's dense with places, events, and people, like reading back-to-back-to-back news reports. But, more so, it's full of the agony people are facing in Syria. This is amplified by continuing to read the news, which now seems to show the last gasp of a free Syrian resistance that will descend into "we're okay with Assad as long as he's fighting ISIS."One big point here is the way we make as [...]

    18. Burning Country is a vivid, first-hand account of Syria's revolution and counter-revolution, told explicitly from an activist perspective. This book is a necessary corrective to all of the "Assad is the lesser evil" and "all opposition to Assad are gulf backed jihadists" narratives that have so perverted popular discussion on Syria, particular among the Left.Not having lived during the Yugoslav crisis in the 90s, from what I gather that was a real litmus test among Leftists. Some (valiantly) put [...]

    19. A seriously comprehensive/thorough study of the Syrian revolution, given the fairly short length. It covers everything really well: Syrian history (including the crucial colonizal era), cultural resistance, the Kurdish "side" of the conflict, the role of the myriad international actors, and so on, while remaining critical of "mainstream" narratives throughout. In other words, you'll learn what these mainstream narratives are but also what contradictory "facts on the ground" are important to look [...]

    20. This is an excellent book for anyone who wants to understand the terrible crisis that is Syria. The authors quote from Syrians on the ground, and shows how the revolution was brutally repressed by the regime, resulting in the disintegration of the country. It is not an impartial book but I fail to see how it could be, and for me it is all the better for this. It also made me think more deeply about my own society. As the book was written in 2015 there is however little discussion on the implicat [...]

    21. I realized recently that I had a very poor understanding of the Syrian Revolution. Not quite "What is Aleppo?", but not terribly far from that standard of ignorance, either. This book provides what feels like a very thorough and nuanced view of the many, many conflicting interests at stake and the Syrian people stuck in the middle of it all. All of the news coverage I've seen has been from a Western perspective, so I especially appreciated the many excerpts from Syrian activists on the ground an [...]

    22. I don't usually comment on the books I read because I don't have much time for it But I just needed to say that this is a wonderful book to understand the conflict in Syria. I have been kind of lost on the war on Syria, knowing some pieces of it but not the whole story, so I didn't know what to think about it because I didn't understand what was happening. Now that I have finished the book, my view has changed dramatically and I don't know how I've been so blind during this years. I highly recom [...]

    23. This book vividly explains how a peaceful uprising turned into a regional proxy war and the worst refugees crisis since WWII. It clearly illustrates the internal as well as the external forces that shaped Syria today. Essential read for those who need to really understand the Syrian Crisis as well as the failure of regional and international players in assessing the danger of abandoning a coherent action plan to stop it.

    24. This book is more than just a people's history of the Syrian revolution, it is also a concise history of the country, a catalogue of the deliberate strategies and unwitting mistakes that brought on the counter-revolution, and an indictment of the international community and the western left for their abandonment of a people facing genocide. Above all, it is a necessary corrective to all the crypto-fascist apologia issuing from the Fisk, Cockburn, Glass quarters.

    25. What a load of rubbish. Looking at al-Qaeda through rose coloured glasses! You should state which Syrian people are represented. A tiny slice of the pie that suits your agenda, obviously!

    26. let's put it this way:i've been following syria closely for probably a year and a half or so. in that time i've read a couple books on the subject along with a ton of online news and commentary and seen about ten documentaries. that's a fair bit of information, but substantially less than some other people, and a bunch of it has been catch-up for things i missed in 2011–15 or so: this book says most of the stuff that i have come to think as well. really in terms of its position and ensuing ins [...]

    27. I bought and read this book in hopes of better understanding the war in Syria. I now know a lot more information about the conflict, but I am more aware of how incredibly complex and beyond true understanding the situation really is. From the beginning the revolution was grassroots and only locally organized, and as Iran, Russia, ISIS and more have become involved the moving pieces are that much more difficult to keep track of. For that reason, Burning Country was not an easy book to read; even [...]

    28. for radicals who were excited by events in rojava but have little understanding of the context in syria this book seems like a really good place to start. al-shami and kassab tell individual stories of lived revolt and brutal counter revolution in beautiful, tragic, nuanced ways, and situate them well in the larger warring parties. i generally get confused and bored by texts dealing with history, unable to keep track of names, dates, and groups, but this book was an engaging read that i was able [...]

    29. “What’s happening is of immense human, cultural importance, not just for Syria and the Middle East but for the whole world. We do actually live in age of very messy revolutions,” one of the authors - Robin Yassin-Kassab, This book is my no.1 recommendation for anyone trying to understand the Syrian revolution - recommended to me when I was making a podcast with a Syrian asylum seeker and was confused by the origins of the conflict. Now I'm like - France wtf did you do!!!Eyes open, wide awa [...]

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