7 Books About Syria To Help You Understand The Ongoing Crisis
Recent developments in Syria have many Americans looking for ways to help Syrians and looking for sources of information about the crisis. The war is complicated, and you won't find everything you need to know in one news article. If you're looking to become more educated on the war, take a look at these books about Syria.
There's much to learn about this topic, and I am by no means an expert on the topic. There is a lot to learn, and much of this will be entirely new information to those of us who spent their childhoods learning about history from a Western point of view.
As you read these books and seek to learn more about Syria, keep in mind that every source has its own bias. The best thing you can do is gather as much information as you can from as many different places as you can. Also keep in mind that, as the war is happening in real time, these books will not be fully updated.
With hope, the more educated we become on this tragic conflict, the better equipped we are to make decisions and fight for peace. But don't stop at reading about the crisis — do some research on ways to help Syrian children and families and ways to help Syrian refugees.
1. 'Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War' by Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami
2. 'The Crossing: My Journey to the Shattered Heart of Syria' by Samar Yazbek
3. 'Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS' by Joby Warrick
4. 'Syria: A History of the Last Hundred Years' by John McHugo
5. 'Syria's Uprising and the Fracturing of the Levant' by Emile Hokayem
6. 'My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Revolution' by Diana Darke
This book provides a unique, foreign perspective on the war. Written by a British woman who was building a home in Damascus as the conflict broke out, this book offers some remarkable insight into the Assad regime, its effects on daily life, and how it compares with other governments around the globe.