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The Emergence of Modern Turkey (Studies in Middle Eastern History)
The Emergence of Modern Turkey (Studies in Middle Eastern History)
by Bernard Lewis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

1 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Skewed interpretation, 12 Dec. 2008
Heavily biased. Largely wrong focus on the topic entirely. He totally misses the point. You want this text to show how wrong historians were in the past, or really to critically analyse and contrast with more recent texts:

try Eric Zurcher, Turkey A modern History.

You wouldn't necessarily say his interpretation is racist, more it is just deluded. Neither is it worthless, just wrong.

My study was focused on the period 1923-38 however.
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Turkey: A Modern History
Turkey: A Modern History
by Erik J. Zurcher
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.58

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best book on the period. period., 12 Dec. 2008
If you are studying this topic, I admire your bravery. This is the one book you can rely on heavily because it unbiased.

It is quite detailed on the period, well-researched, and unlike other texts on the period, especially the Ataturk Revolution, it provides an analysis which takes in lots of important views which are not often reflected by mainstream sources.

This book gave me the best understanding of the founding of Turkey - I was studying the 1923-38 period at the time- and is good for essays because of the amount of evidence he uses.

There is no unnecessary flair, just opinions based upon important facts.

At times I think it can be heavily focused, whereas a slightly broader view may have been beneficial, but still the content is pretty much unsurpassed by any other text I have found.


The Monk and the Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Life: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Living
The Monk and the Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Life: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Living
by Randy Komisar
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Confidence Booster, 12 Dec. 2008
I am not a habitant of Silicon Valley, nor does my business require huge venture capitalist funding. But it is ambitious, and it is scary as hell to pioneer a market with any kind of business.

This book was useful because it made me feel I'm not alone, any idea CAN work, and the price of success is usually little more than ambition.

I thoroughly reccommend this if you consider yourself ambitious and amongst those who change the world.


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