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Red Line
The Unraveling of Syria and America's Race to Destroy the Most Dangerous Arsenal in the World
By (author): Joby Warrick
9780385544467 Hardcover English General Trade POLITICAL SCIENCE / Terrorism Feb 23, 2021
$39.95 CAD
Active 6.42 x 9.54 x 1.29 in | 1.55 lb 368 pages 8 PAGES OF 4C PHOTOGRAPHS Doubleday
From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Black Flags, the thrilling unknown story of America’s mission in Syria: to find and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons and keep them out of the hands of the Islamic State
 
In August 2012, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was clinging to power in a vicious civil war. When secret intelligence revealed that the dictator might resort to using chemical weapons, President Obama warned that doing so would cross “a red line.” Assad did it anyway, bombing the Damascus suburb of Ghouta with sarin gas, killing hundreds of civilians and forcing Obama to decide if he would mire America in another unpopular Middle Eastern war. When Russia offered to broker the removal of Syria’s chemical weapons, Obama leapt at the out.

So begins an electrifying race to find, remove, and destroy 1,300 tons of chemical weapons in the midst of a raging civil war. The extraordinary little-known effort is a triumph for the Americans, but soon Russia’s long game becomes clear: it will do anything to preserve Assad’s rule. As America’s ability to control events in Syria shrinks, the White House learns that ISIS, building its caliphate in Syria’s war-tossed territory, is seeking chemical weapons for itself, with an eye to attacking the West.

Red Line
is a classic Joby Warrick true-life thriller: a character-driven narrative with a cast of heroes and villains, including weapons hunters, politicians, doctors, diplomats, and spies. Drawing on astonishing original reporting, Warrick reveals how the United States embarked on a bold adventure to prevent one catastrophe but could not avoid a tragic chain of events that empowered America’s enemies.

THE ISIS STORY CONTINUES: Red Line picks up in time where Black Flags left off, showing the defeat of ISIS’s caliphate. But the group remains a threat to the West, with $400 million in the bank and a new interest in chemical weapons.

UP TO THE MINUTE: Joby writes right up to the headlines in which Trump pulls U.S. forces out of the region, emboldening Putin and Assad and freeing ISIS prisoners to regroup.

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING REPORTER: Warrick is a first-rate journalist with extensive media contacts. He won a Pulitzer Prize for Black Flags and another Pulitzer for his journalism. He has appeared on CNN, Fox, and PBS to discuss the CIA and terrorism.

RIVETING NARRATIVE: Once again, Warrick draws on multiple points of view to create a fast-paced page-turner in the style of Mark Bowden’s Black Hawk Down, while his sources and insight into terrorism recall The Looming Tower.

JOBY WARRICK has been a reporter for The Washington Post since 1996. He has twice won the Pulitzer Prize, for journalism and for his book Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS. He is also the author of The Triple Agent.

Author Residence: Centreville, VA

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“Joby Warrick tells the story of President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons program, from the dormant period when it was holstered in vats in facilities scattered around the country, to its use against civilians, to its supposed dismantling… Warrick presents it sharply and compellingly.”
The Washington Post

“Much has been written about the use of chemical weapons during the war in Syria, but the accounts are partial. The virtue of Warrick’s book is that it provides a panoramic reconstruction of the chemical attack and its aftermath. We see it from the eyes of survivors, doctors, activists, disarmament experts, diplomats, and policymakers. The book cuts from scenes on the ground in Eastern Ghouta, to the U.N. inspectors in Damascus, to National Security Council meetings in the White House, telling the story with urgency and clarity.”
—Newsline

“Joby Warrick… has produced another highly readable and well-sourced work, a bleak but real-life thriller. Its characters include ordinary Syrians, spies, diplomats, UN experts and Americans who worked hard to destroy Assad’s chemical weapons arsenal, only to discover that they had not completed their task.”
—The Guardian

“President Biden…may wish to read Joby Warrick’s Red Line [which] has important implications for countering proliferation.”
John Bolton, The Wall Street Journal

“This riveting narrative…reads like a thriller… Warrick’s vivid portraits of so many of the diverse inviduals involved, from victims to American engineers and U.N. investigators, provide a devastating perspective on the civil war in Syria.”
—The National Book Review

“A pleasure to read, Red Line also comprises a valuable addition to the growing literature on the war in Syria…the book includes equally compelling accounts with characters ranging from UN weapons inspectors and Syrian doctors to Islamic State operatives planning their own chemical attacks. In Warrick’s hands, their experiences come alive.”
—The National Interest

“Lively and easily accessible…This book will benefit both Syria observers and those interested in disarmament issues. Above all, it contains powerful material that should serve as a warning to us all – in terms of chemical weapons in Syria, if anything we were fortunate.”
—The New Arab

“Warrick balances harrowing reports of poisoned children dying of paralysis and asphyxiation with vibrant character sketches of Syrian spies and medical workers, UN chemical-weapons investigators braving sniper fire, and American engineers facing toxic spills, hostile environmentalist flotillas, and the possible capsizing of their ship…comprehensive and electric.”
—Publishers Weekly

“An unsettling look at the extraordinarily brutal civil war that has engulfed Syria since 2011… Warrick delivers a vivid account.”
—Kirkus

“Engrossing… This gripping investigation of the challenges of Middle East politics will engage informed general readers and foreign policy specialists.”
—Library Journal

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