6 books about Syria

Here are six books – a mix of literature, history, and politics – that offer insight into contemporary Syria.

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3. Asad: The Struggle for the Middle East, by Patrick Seale

If you want to understand contemporary Syrian politics, read Asad: The Struggle for the Middle East, British journalist Patrick Seale's book about former Syrian president Hafiz al-Asad. Ruling for more than two decades, Asad laid the foundation for modern Syrian politics, government, and ideology. With personal access to Asad himself, Seale has written a biography that is both admiring and yet also critical of one of Syria's most influential political leaders.

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