“ISIS, Assad, Obama and the new Mid East Wars” with Reese Erlich

Reese Erlich joined us for a talk at Northampton Friends at 43 Center Street on Friday, November 14 at 7pm. 


Reese Erlich’s history in journalism goes back over 40 years. He worked as a staff writer and research editor for Ramparts, an investigative reporting magazine published in San Francisco. Today he works as a full-time print and broadcast, freelance reporter. He reports regularly for National Public Radio, CBC, ABC (Australia), Radio Deutsche Welle and Market Place Radio. His articles appear in the SF Chronicle and GlobalPost. His television documentaries have aired on PBS stations nationwide. He is also a best-selling author and his radio journalism has won him awards including a Peabody for Crossing East”, the prize for best “radio explanatory journalism” for his documentary “Inside the Syrian Revolution” from the Society of Professional Journalists (NorCal), and the Clarion Award presented by the Alliance for Women in Communication and second and third place from the National Headlines Awards for “Children of War: Fighting, Dying, Surviving,”

His new book, Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect, is based on first-hand reporting from Syria and Washington. Through vivid, on-the-ground accounts and interviews with both rebel leaders and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Erlich gives the reader a better understanding of this momentous power struggle and why it matters.

Through his many contacts inside Syria, the author reveals who is supporting Assad and why; he describes the agendas of the rebel factions; and he depicts in stark terms the dire plight of many ordinary Syrian people caught in the cross-fire. The book also provides insights into the role of the Kurds, the continuing influence of Iran, and the policies of US leaders who seem interested only in protecting US regional interests.

(Source: Reese Erlich’s Website)