Professor of history Max Weiss offers a detailed cultural and intellectual history of Ba’thist Syria in Revolutions Aesthetic (Stanford University Press). By analyzing a variety of original sources, including films, periodicals, and novels, Weiss highlights themes crucial to the making of contemporary Syria. He details the struggle throughout the Ba’thist cultural revolution during the late 20th and early 21st centuries to align artistic endeavors with the ideological interests of the regime.