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A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish…

by Taner Akçam

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This is a very important book. The violent massacre of the Armenians was a tragedy on par with the Holocaust, yet the perpetrators not only escaped real justice, but a century later still get to deny the crime! While portions are heart-rending, this book is not really well written. For scholarship, it is quite important but for popular consumption - not really a "good read."

It is definately worth plowing through. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 080508665X, Paperback)

"The definitive account of the organized destruction of the Ottoman Armenians . . . No future discussion of the history will be able to ignore this brilliant book."--Orhan Pamuk
 
Beginning in 1915, under the cover of a world war, some one million Armenians were killed through starvation, forced marches, and mass acts of slaughter. Although Armenians and the judgment of history have long held the Ottoman powers responsible for genocide, modern Turkey has rejected any such claim.
 
Now, in a pioneering work of excavation, Turkish historian Taner Akçam has made unprecedented use of Ottoman and other sources--military and court records, parliamentary minutes, letters, and eyewitness reports--to produce a scrupulous account of Ottoman culpability. Tracing the causes of the mass destruction, Akçam reconstructs its planning and implementation by the departments of state, the military, and the ruling political parties, and he probes the multiple failures to bring the perpetrators to justice.
 
As the topic of the Armenian genocide provokes ever-greater passion and controversy around the world, Akçam's work has only become more important and relevant. Beyond its timeliness, however, A Shameful Act is sure to take its lasting place as a classic and necessary work on the subject.

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