North American Book Tour for Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War


Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War, co-authored by PULSE co-editor Robin Yassin-Kassab and​ Leila Al-Shami, is “poised to become the definitive book not only on the continuing Syrian conflict but on the country and its society as a whole,” in the words of journalist Hassan Hassan.

Robin and Leila have done several book events in the UK. In March and April they’ll travel across North America to discuss the book. They’ll be in New York; Washington, DC; Los Angeles; Chicago; Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts; San Francisco and Berkeley, California; Montreal; Toronto; Seattle; Denver and Boulder, Colorado; Madison, Wisconsin; Wayne, New Jersey; and Colchester, Vermont.

The full North American itinerary is here. Get to one of these events and spread the word!


Burning Country could have been titled A People’s History of the Syrian Revolution and War: it provides a view from below that constitutes the perfect antidote to geopolitical reductionism. This book is unique in its combination of first-hand material derived from fieldwork, factual and analytical rigour, and unshakable faith in the Syrian people’s struggle for justice and dignity. —Thomas Pierret, University of Edinburgh

​For decades Syrians have been forbidden from telling their own stories and the story of their country, but here Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila al-Shami tell the Syrian story. Their words represent the devastated country which has denied them and their compatriots political representation. Burning Country is an indispensable book for those who wish to know the truth about Syria. —Yassin al-Haj Saleh, Syrian writer

Author: Danny Postel

I'm a co-editor of PULSE (, Assistant Director of the Middle East and North African Studies Program at Northwestern University, author of Reading 'Legitimation Crisis' in Tehran (2006), co-editor of The People Reloaded (2010), The Syria Dilemma (2013), and Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East (2017), and a contributor to a variety of publications.

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