This is an outstanding portrait of an outstanding man. Ataturk simply saved what was left of the rapidly collapsing Ottoman Empire with a Military Genius that was always clear in his earlier life. This biography chronicles his upbringing, successes in Military School, and then Methodical and exceptionally detailed foresight and planning in the subsequent Military conflict in Gallipoli where ANZACs and British troops lost thousands in a failed campaign, and Turkey as an entity was secured. Attention to personal characteristics and abilities abound in this book. He was a man of astonishing energy and endurance ( read Young Stalin for an unerringly similar constitution and Stamina.) His Political relations and actions are described in a detailed and sometimes laborious chronology. The only part of this book that demonstrates omission is in the treatment of the Armenian Minorities. His personal demons- drink and turbulent personal revelations make him the richer for their exposition.
This man single handedly fought off Western predations to complete the total destruction of the Ottoman Empire, and in its place, having slaughtered Minorities in the East, that would have invited destruction from the East, set about constructing a Post-Caliphate Secular State that is Modern Turkey.
His reasons for De-islamisation, his mechanisms for this, and ultimately the contemporary legacy he left as a result are clearly analysed in this biography.
It is an outstandingly good read and will give any reader interested in a History of Modern Turkey a huge insight.