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Turkey: What Everyone Needs to Know

by Andrew Finkel

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An interesting read that addresses important issues about Turkey. The book analyzes, briefly, the relationship with the US and the conflicting relationship with the Armenian and Kurdish but, unfortunately it was not what I had expected. The writer stress much more the economic and politics aspects than cultural and historical factors. It really lacked an analysis of the complex Turkish society, their social strata and the huge cultural diversity and its historical roots . ( )
  palu | Jul 9, 2016 |
Finkel's book on the current political situation and international standing of modern Turkey is an informative read that will bring to light much of Turkey's current political issues.

He covers everything from Ataturk to the current arguments for and against European Union membership to the economic situation in Istanbul as the ever changing cultural center of Turkey.

Perhaps the most fascinating parts of the book deal with Turkey's as yet untapped potential as a modern economic player. One very much gets the sense that the best of what Turkey has to offer the world, despite its tremendously rich cultural history, may have yet to be seen.

It is this optimism about Turkey's future which drives the book forward and makes clear Finkel's extensive and intimate knowledge of the subject. ( )
  twp77 | Jun 26, 2012 |
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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 Atatürk, and repeated political interventions by the military, which sees itself as the guardian of Atatürk'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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