Books Asad of Syria The Struggle for the Middle East by Patrick Seale Paperback, 552 pages, Univ of California Pr, List Price: $36.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleAsad of SyriaSubtitleThe Struggle for the Middle EastAuthorPatrick Seale Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary Peter Seale traces the life and political career of former Syrian president Hafez Assad, discussing his role in the history of Syria and sharing his vision of the future of the region. Genres: Politics & Public Affairs Nonfiction Biography & Memoir Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Asad of Syria A Syrian book vendor waits for customers at his street stall in the old city of Damascus, Syria, on Sept. 24, 2011. Muzaffar Salman/AP hide caption toggle caption Muzaffar Salman/AP Parallels Lions, Leaders And Lingerie: 5 Great Reads From Syria September 5, 2013 Do recent events have you wishing for more insight into Syria? Critic Marcela Valdes — with some help from experts on the region — recommends five great reads. From the diaries of a threatened novelist to a study of Syrian lingerie, these books reveal new facets of a complex country.