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Appalling! Poorly researched and full of errors.,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Turkish Labyrinth (Hardcover)
It is unfortunate that this book was published by such a respectable publisher as Penguin. I was appalled by the amount of misinformation about a nation that is often misunderstood. The writer's knowledge of Istanbul is so superficial , he would have gained something from reading a basic guide book before writing this book. Does Mr. Pettifer know where the Galatasaray football stadium is? Besides the more serious and injurious mistakes about Turkish politics and culture; How do the police staple the foreskins of Kurds, who are also muslims, pray tell? And the great writer, Yaşar Kemal is Turkish. His mother was Kurdish.Like the vast majority of Turks, his ethnic background is mixed. I bought it merely because Penguin had pubished it and assume many others will do the same, unfortunately most of the people buying this book do not live in Istanbul and therefore might believe some of the lies printed in the book!