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The definitive biography of the father of modern Turkey, a powerful figure in the still-unfolding drama of the Middle East.

With the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after the First World War came the emergence of new nations, chief among them Turkey itself. It was the creation of one man, the soldier-statesman Mustafa Kemal, who dragged his country from the Middle Ages to

Kindle Edition, 560 pages
Published May 3rd 2012 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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Peter C Lyon
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Astonishingly good on foreign affairs and policy. Ataturk was a Cassandra and visionary re world war two and human unification.

The book grew harder to track in the end, with many characters and comrades. The X-ray feature would have been useful, as would have been more detailed maps.

Also, some sloppy copy-editing in the Kindle version.

But magnificent overall.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very thorough but betraying attitudes reflecting the time of writing. Much like the man, the book belongs to another century.
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