Godfathers and Thieves

Godfathers and Thieves

eBook - 2015
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When the Arab Spring began, Syrian businessman Mezyan Al Barazi had been abroad for more than a decade, trying to forget his distant home. Corruption under the vicious Assad dictatorship had sabotaged his studies as a young man and bankrupted his business as an adult, sending him into self-imposed exile in Dubai. But then, after watching videos of protesters on the streets of Damascus, Mezyan saw his chance to win Syria back from a ruthless regime. Risking the comfortable life he had built abroad, he devoted himself to the revolution. In Godfathers and Thieves, journalist Elizabeth Dickinson, author of the acclaimed Who Shot Ahmed, describes how an underground network of exiles moved millions of dollars of medicine, clothes, and weapons from the high-rises of Dubai to the frontlines of Damascus. This is the story of how the Syrian diaspora crowdfunded a revolution-and was itself imperiled and ultimately transformed. Informed by nearly 50 interviews in half a dozen countries, Godfathers and Thieves is a page-turning tale of homesickness and war, of spies and smugglers, of battlefield checkpoints and innocuous suburban homes secretly filled with supplies. Abu Dhabi-based Dickinson masterfully captures the world of Syria's exiles, neighbors brought together by an epic struggle, who risked everything in a desperate attempt to save their fractured nation. --Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Deca, 2015.
ISBN: 9781683600046
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
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