Bashar al-Assad, power or death.
Bashar al-Assad inherited Syria from his father, Hafez al-Assad, the man who had instigated the iron dictatorship that has controlled the country for the last fifty years. After many years of approval by the West, with his promises to democracy, how did the shy Doctor Bashar become the dictator Assad, fighting his own people in a bloody civil war? What was France’s role? Those close to the regime and former senior staff recount the rise of a man never intended to be president, and decrypt a mafia-style system.