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Turkey: What Everyone Needs to Know

Turkey: What Everyone Needs to Know [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Finkel
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"There are only a few people in Turkey who can combine the critical eye of the outsider with the compassion of the insider. Finkel is one of them." -- Joost Lagendijk, former joint chairman of the Turkey-EU Parliamentarians delegation and Senior Advisor at the Istanbul Policy Center of Sabanci University

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Turkey occupies a strategic position in today's world: the only predominantly Muslim nation to be a member of NATO and an ally of Israel, it straddles both Europe and Asia. Turkey is the link between Islam and Western democracy, between Europe and the Middle East. In this concise introduction, Andrew Finkel, who has spent twenty years in Turkey writing about the country for publications such as The Economist and Time magazine, unravels Turkey's complexities. He sets the complications and transformations of present-day Turkey against the historical background of the Ottoman Empire, the secular nationalist revolution led by Kemal Ataturk, and repeated political interventions by the military, which sees itself as the guardian of Ataturk's legacy. Finkel reveals a nation full of surprises. Where else but in Turkey, Finkel writes, would secularist liberals have supported a prime minister who was once jailed for promoting religious extremism? From the Kurdish question to economic policy, from Turkey's role in Iraq to its quest for EU membership, Finkel illuminates the past and present of this unique, and uniquely consequential, country.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PLUG 27 Sep 2013
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This is a smart, informative and highly readable love letter by my friend to a country which we both cherish and despair of in equal measure.

Mehmet Ali
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5.0 out of 5 stars Things you should know about Turkey 7 Dec 2012
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A very consice and realistic book about Turkey by the writer who had a great deal of experience on Turkey.
I believe it is a summary of Turkey and Turkish citizens and the Turks should read the book first.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Content make this book interesting 24 July 2013
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This book can be classed as the interesting book.
I found this book interesting.
Enjoy your reading.
Brilliant literary style of writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book 13 Jan 2013
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A very interesting book brought as a gift. Partner really enjoyed reading about turkey and understanding where his family is from.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good, informal intro to Turkey 22 Nov 2012
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Very easy, pleasant read, though perhaps a bit too facile occasionally - it does require the reader to have some basic knowledge of the region's history, but is a great, colourful introduction to what matters in Turkey
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