The Story of Syria
Ghayth Armanazi, Gilgamesh Publishing, £14.95
Destroying a Nation: The Civil War in Syria
Nikolaos van Dam, IB Tauris, £8.99
We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled: Voices from Syria
Wendy Pearlman, Custom House, £18.99
Complexity reigns in Syria, with numerous players engaged on the world’s most chaotic battlefield. But three books, despite their very different approaches, share a simple refrain – the ruling Assad regime sees no need to discuss a political solution. Thanks to the consistent military backing of its powerful allies, Russia, Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah, it is increasingly getting its own way.