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Turkey: What Everyone Needs to Know

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  71 ratings  ·  10 reviews
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 fo ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published March 2nd 2012 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published February 2nd 2012)
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TR Peterson
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.[return][return]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.[return][return]Perhaps the most fascinating parts of the book deal with Turkey's as yet untapped potential as a mo ...more
Geoffrey Fox
This concise, quick read will be a good starting point for anyone who needs to know about this surprising country. Finkel covers a breadth of topics and suggests linkages among them — language, regional disparities, ethnic history and conflicts, political history, current party and government structure, economic potential and weaknesses, religious tolerance and conflicts, and Turkey's complex and fluid geopolitical strategy. Not a word about the country's vibrant arts scene — theater, literature ...more
Jeremy Barker
This is a great entry book for someone who wants a quick reference on a wide-range of issues relating to modern Turkey. The writing style is very engaging. The author's twenty plus years of experience as a journalist covering Turkey gives him a great knowledge of the topic as well as a readable style.

The format of the book works very well. It is arranged into chapters of loosely categorized questions and answers. The book has a great amount of breadth and the depth is such that it does not overl
I only give it three stars because, to me, it was not the most engaging of books. It is not bad, just not riveting. However, what it does provide is a good overview of Turkish history and politics in a fairly concise way. The book is part of an Oxford UP series on "what everyone needs to know" on various topics. I do like the format of the book as question and answer as it allows for learning in small chunks. It also lends itself to just finding what you need to know on a specific topic. So, if ...more
Finkel gives an optimistic perspective on the history, complexity, and potential of The Turkish Republic. He operates on an understanding that a democracy is often best demonstrated by the activity and treatment of its minorities and in this Turkey has made some advances and still has work to do. Finkel's metaphor of an adolescent is particularly interesting applied to the "young republic." I prefer the structure of The Crescent and Star to this, but the optimism is the same and both books deriv ...more
Arabvoicesspeak Jarrah
A great book to introduce your self to Turkey. It makes you want to read other books.
Steve Hanson
A good general introduction to modern Turkey. Finkel touches on many current issues and trends, and gives historical background where necessary. I would say it is a fairly balanced presentation, looking at strengths, issues and weaknesses. For me, I would like to see a bit more depth but I think it functions well as an overview or introduction to the present state of Turkey.
Good introduction to Turkey; briefly covers the key issues in politics and society, leaving the details -- particularly on controversial issues -- to further reading elsewhere.
Apr 29, 2013 Phil rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Excellent (and current) take on the cultural/political happenings in Turkey. Can get a little down in the weeks, but a great primer for a soon-to-be-traveler (me) to keep from being a "stranger in a strange land."
Nice enough intro to Turkish culture and society. Full of typos, which is annoying and distracting, not the level you would expect from Oxford.
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Andrew Finkel is a journalist who has been based in Turkey for twenty years. His reporting has appeared in The Economist, Time, The Daily Telegraph, The Times of London, and the New York Times. He has appeared on CNN and Turkish-language television, and he has become a featured columnist in the Turkish press.
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