Kassem Eid is a Palestinian-Syrian rebel and human rights activist. In 2014 he went on a speaking tour across the United States and testified before the United Nations Security Council. He has contributed to the New York Times, Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, and was interviewed on 60 Minutes. He is currently a refugee living in Germany.
A memoir of resistance and survival unique in the annals of modern war ... If the shedding of blood can be beautiful in words, he makes it so * Wall Street Journal * At last, here is the first wave of books written by Syrians not about their escape to Europe as refugees from the war but about their lives inside the country ... What emerges is a remarkably unified picture of the realities of life since 1970 in the Syria of the Assads ... shows, unambiguously, precisely what the Assad government seeks to conceal * Times Literary Supplement * A valuable perspective absent from much of what has already been written on Syria ... An epic view of what Syria was and has become * Arab Weekly * An account of oppression, war, survival and escape as the world ignored what was going on. A touching tale, this humanises the story of war when often all we want to do is look away * Metro, The best new books by BME authors you'll be reading this year * Eid's story is one of hope giving way to fear and finally betrayal, a narrative of one of this century's darkest episodes, a necessary perspective, made more prescient because it is persona * The National * Gripping, hauntingly raw, and a testament to his resilience * The Intercept * Powerful ... Tightly-focused ... A first-person, eyewitness account written with alternating love and fury * Prospect *