Charles Glass is a broadcaster, journalist and writer who until recently had lived in Notting Hill since the 1970s, in what he terms the pre-gentrified days of Portobello. With family ties, he remains a frequent visitor to the area and uses Notting Hill as his London base. Charles began his journalistic career in 1973 at the ABC News Beirut bureau and was chief Middle East correspondent from 1983 to 1993. Since then, he has been a freelance writer, and is the author of four books on the Middle East. This month saw the publication of his latest title, Syria Burning: ISIS and the Death of the Arab Spring.
Charles Glass is without question an expert on Syria; he has reported extensively from the Middle East, and traveled frequently in Syria, over several decades. In Syria Burning, Glass blends reportage, analysis and history to provide a concise overview of the roots and permutations of the Syrian uprising against Bashar Assad, situating it clearly in the overall crisis of the region. This topic can be confusing and overwhelming, yet Glass’s voice remains elegant and concise, humane and richly-informed. Syria Burning is a vital and accessible antidote to the sloganizing that shapes so much commentary, and policy, concerning the Syrian civil war.