"We are hopeful...that during these difficult times we may be able to contribute to a better understanding of the Arab world, of their contributions to world civilizations, and their impact on the development of the American nation in general and Cleveland in particular." — From the preface
"The contributions of the Syrian and Lebanese people in the political, educational, professional and business life of America are numerous. These achievements were made despite serious obstacles and prejudices which they faced in the early years. This book offers one profile of that history in the Cleveland area. Hopefully it will encourage others to expand upon that theme in a broader perspective of this ethnic group in America." — From the introduction
This edition contains the complete text as found in the 1979 print edition of the book, along with some enhancements developed to aid in navigating this site.