Books The New Lion of Damascus Bashar Al-asad And Modern Syria by David W. Lesch Hardcover, 288 pages, Yale Univ Pr, List Price: $37 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe New Lion of DamascusSubtitleBashar Al-asad And Modern SyriaAuthorDavid W. Lesch Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers NPR Summary Is Syria a rogue state? How important is it to the fates of Iraq, Iran, Israel and Lebanon? David Lesch used access to Bashar Assad and his family to try to answer these questions. Genres: Politics & Public Affairs Nonfiction Also by David W. Lesch Syria Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about The New Lion of Damascus 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.