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The Ba'th Party: A History from Its Origins to 1966
The Ba'th Party: A History from Its Origins to 1966
By John F. Devlin
372 pp, Hoover Institution, 1976
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A detailed but very readable account of the origins, doctrine and political fortunes of the durable party that has gained power or prominence in a number of Arab countries. This is indispensable background for understanding the course of Syria and of Iraq under their rival Ba'thist regimes during the past decade.