Until I got this book I had never read anything about Hafiz al-Asad, the man who ruled Syria with a metal fist for so long it seems for ever. This is basically the sole source of information about this man who liked to stay in the dim light until the day he died. To say that the book is not biased and pro-Assad would be inaccurate. In many parts the author has done his best to "walk the rope" as the Arabian saying implies, that is not to annoy Assad while trying to appear objective and neutral. This is a mu..
This is probably the only available biography of late Syrian President Hafez Assad. Keep in mind that Seale was given all that he had asked for - like many other Western scholars who were treated to the court and became apologetic to the regime - to write this book which makes him, so to speak, the spokesperson of the presidential court. Even though Seale reports about the many murders that happened during the career of Assad, he does so from an apologetic perspective. Assad is always depicted as having to ..