Syria’s ongoing autopsy

Print edition : July 10, 2015

Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect, By Reese Erlich, Prometheus Books, New York, 2014.

Syria Burning: ISIS and the Death of the Arab Spring, By Charles Glass, O/R Books, New York, 2015.

Syrian refugees burst into Turkey after breaking the border fence and crossing at Akcakale in Sanliurfa province in south-eastern Turkey on June 14. Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

Fighters belonging to Ansar al-Islam and Ahrar ash-Sham (Islamic Movement of the Free Men of the Levant) at the front line that divides rebel and regime-controlled areas in the Tadamon neighborhood of Damascus on June 15. Photo: RAMI AL-SAYED/AFP

The two books reveal a great deal more about the prevailing mood among Syrians than the news reports that track the minutiae of this battle and that battle in the country.
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