Asad: The Struggle for the Middle East

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University of California Press, Jan 11, 1990 - Biography & Autobiography - 552 pages
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“This is a book in the finest tradition of investigative scholarship. The research is awesome. . . . Seale’s great strength is his ability to explain the confusing kaleidoscopic nature of Middle Eastern diplomacy. He understands the game being played and also knows the players. . . . [An] impressive book.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review
 

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A fine biography; Seale has been accused of being insufficiently hard on Assad, but he could hardly have had such informative conversations if he'd been a firm critic, and I can get my condemnation elsewhere. Read full review

Asad of Syria: the struggle for the Middle East

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More than an excellent biography of Hafiz al-Asad, Syria's national leader, this is a tour de force of contemporary Syrian history and politics. Seale, a Middle Eastern specialist and a journalist ... Read full review

Contents

Coming Down the Mountain
3
The French Legacy
14
Party School and Army College
24
The Peasants Revolt
41
The Cairo Conspiracy
49
Capturing the State
72
Capturing the Party
86
Blindly to the Brink
104
1975 The Year Things Fell Apart
250
The Lebanese Trap
267
Jimmy Carters False Dawn
290
The Enemy Within
316
Standing Alone
339
Ally of the Ayatollah
351
Battle with Menachem Begin
366
The Defeat of George Shultz
394

The Six Day Walkover
117
The Fight to the Top
142
The Black September Fiasco
154
THE LEADER
167
Asads State
169
Sadat the Unsound Ally
185
The October Illusion
202
Duel with Henry Kissinger
226
The Brothers Warrevised 1995
421
Forging a Nation
441
Dirty Tricks
461
Conclusions the Balance Sheet
492
Notes
496
Select Bibliography
521
Index
541
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About the author (1990)

Patrick Seale was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on May 7, 1930. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Syria, where for 20 years his parents ran the Irish Presbyterian mission. After a national service commission, he studied philosophy and psychology at Balliol College, Oxford. He worked briefly for a cotton magnate, and then for Reuters news agency before returning to Oxford to pursue Middle East studies at St Antony's College. In the early 1960s, he worked in Beirut as a freelance contributor to the Economist and the Observer. In 1963, he became the Middle East correspondent for the Observer. He also served the Observer in Paris, where he wrote a book, French Revolution 1968, with Maureen McConville. His other books include Philby: The Long Road to Moscow, Abu Nidal: A Gun for Hire, The Struggle for Syria, Asad of Syria: The Struggle for the Middle East, and The Struggle for Arab Independence: Riad el-Solh and the Makers of the Modern Middle East. He died from brain cancer on April 11, 2014 at the age of 83.

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