Ataturk by Andrew Mango

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In this major new biography of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, and the first to appear in English based on Turkish sources, Andrew Mango strips away the myth, to show the complexities of one of the most visionary, influential, and enigmatic statesmen of the century. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was virtually unknown until 1919, when he took the lead in thwarting the victorious Allies' plan to partition the Turkish core of the Ottoman Empire. He divided the Allies, defeated the last Sultan, and secured the territory of the Turkish national state, becoming the first president of the new republic in 1923, fast creating his own legend.

Andrew Mango's revealing portrait of Atatürk throws light on matters of great importance today-resurgent nationalism, religious fundamentalism, and the reality of democracy.
 

About Andrew Mango

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ANDREW MANGO was for 14 years in charge of broadcasting in Turkish for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and later headed the BBC's South European Service and its French Language Service.
 
Published August 26, 2002 by The Overlook Press. 539 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Business & Economics, Self Help, Travel. Non-fiction

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He paints an admiring portrait of a political genius and, in the process, goes a long way in explaining why history has caused Greeks to hate Turks, Turks to hate Greeks, and the citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina to hate just about everybody.

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Mango (a retired BBC expert on Turkey and author of three previous books on the country) gives this man, one of the least-known nation-builders of the last century, full treatment, from his earliest days to his ascension to power and his death, from cirrhosis at the age of 57.

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