Guests book & blurb

John Kerry

United States Secretary of State

“Franklin Lamb’s important book, Syria’s Endangered Heritage, is a reminder of our values and of our connectedness with Syria’s ten millennia cultural heritage which we all share. Our heritage is literally in peril in this moment, and we believe it is imperative that we act now to preserve and protect our heritage along the lines proposed in Dr. Lamb’s book on this subject.

So many different traditions trace their roots back to Syria as we all know. This is the first thing many of us learned in school. The looting of Apamea and Dura Europos, and now threatening Palmyra, the devastation caused by fighting in the ancient UNESCO heritage city of Aleppo and Homs and hundreds of other antiquity sites aren’t just a tragedy for the Syrian people. These acts of vandalism are a tragedy for all civilized people, and the civilized world must take a stand.

How shocking and historically shameful it will be if we do nothing while the forces of chaos rob the very cradle of our civilization. Extremists want to rob future generations of any connection to this past. That is profoundly what is at stake. And if we leave it unstopped, if we don’t stand up, we are all complicit.”

Washington, DC



President Jimmy Carter

President of the United States from 1977 to 1981

"All citizens who are willing to abide by the rule of law — including women, youth and minority religious sects — should be treated equally. There is also a great need is for strong institutions and respect for our shared cultural heritage that is now also under violent assault in Syria, in places like Aleppo, Raqqa and now Palmyra.  Franklin Lamb has written an important book, Syria’s Endangered Heritage-An International Responsibility to protect and Preserve. We at the Carter Center believe that this powerful volume can help in the struggle to preserve and protect our global heritage-which is a core international human right that has been in the custody of the people of Syria for millennia."