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- DescriptionBrooke Allen first travelled to Syria in 2009, expecting it to be much as American news media routinely depicted it -- an ultra-conservative Muslim society, a rogue nation committed to an anti-American stance. She found, instead, a welcoming and captivating country where she and her family were treated with courtesy and gentleness. She soon returned for a more leisurely trip through Syria's rich historical and archaeological treasures: the ancient cities of Aleppo and Damascus, the great Crusader castles, the Bronze Age ruins of Ebla and Mari, the Greco-Roman cities of Palmyra and Apamea. With her keen and appreciative eye (and ear) Allen introduces us to Syria's people, culture, and history. This book illustrates one traveller's enlightenment, while reflecting on our American ways. For, as she writes, To visit Syria is to confront the unhappy truth about our media, which is that much of the international news we read or see serves t as a window looking out at the world but as a mirror: a mirror that reflects our own fears and obsessions and shines them right back at us .
- Author BiographyBrooke Allen's critical writings appear frequently in the New York Times Book Review, the Atlantic, and the Nation.
- Author(s)Brooke Allen
- PublisherPaul Dry Books, Inc
- Date of Publication03/06/2011
- SubjectTravel Writing
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPaul Dry Books, Inc
- Content Notecolour & b/w photos
- Weight394 g
- Width215 mm
- Height140 mm
- Spine23 mm
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