- Paperback: 621 pages
- Publisher: Cune (October 5, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1885942419
- ISBN-13: 978-1885942418
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,072,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Steel & Silk: Men & Women Who Shaped Syria 1900-2000
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I have had it on my desk for only a few months now and have already refered to it many times to find out more about the men and women who made Syria. Joshua Landis, author of SyriaComment.com
Having been written by a young Syrian, makes it all the more relevant; as it has become regrettably customary--in this iconoclastic day and age--for young Middle-Easterners, to distance themselves from reverence for (or even simple interest in) their own heritage and history.
The bleak present and dark future--which are the direct descendants of decades of tyrannical, despotist, absolutist and opportunist rulers and forms of government--have not only left their imprints on the psyche of many young Arabs (especially Syrians); but also created a wide chasm between them and an active interest in their modern history.
The author of this book defies these two hurdles, marvelously escaping one of the tumors infecting young Arabs today: apathy.
In this book, the author lucidly brings to life the biographies of Syrian personalities (politicians, but also socialites, artists and women and men of literature, thinkers and reformers, economists and educators) through an astonishingly original, astute and concise narrative that not only focuses onto heroic deeds or great contributions to Syrian history--but also manages to paint a human portrait of them, by vividly portraying cultural nuances, interesting trivia, and funny anecdotes.
This book makes for a riveting read, and is a must-have for anyone seeking to discover (or re-discover) Syria; a Syria of hope, of human promise, and potential--in stark contrast with the prevalent image of Syria in the media today.
Finally, Jamil Mardam Bey (Prime Minister of Syria in the 1940s--and quoted in the foreword of the book) said it best: "...all is not lost."
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for lovers of Israel and peace and prosperity for all in the Arab world, this is a fine study... TY! Neal H. Hurwitz NY NYPublished on April 22, 2014 by Neal H. Hurwitz