Taking a college class on the politics of the Middle East, I was recently assigned to write a research paper on Turkey. Along with various other sources, I endeavored to find a book on Turkey that was easy to read, full of information, and concise and to the point. So it was that I ended up a happy customer after reading this book. I enjoyed how the author structured his chapters, covering so many interesting aspects about the wonderful country of Turkey, while also dispelling some rumors and stereotypes.
From the perspective of a research student, I was happy that he writes many quotable passages, includes much of his own experience having had lived in the country, and it was written somewhat recently, covering many of the changes going on post-Arab Spring. The author covers all number of topics on Turkey, from explaining why they switched from using Arabic letters to using the Latin alphabet, to the Turkish military dismantling the civilian government many times in the past.
The author fulfills the promise set forth by the title, as he covers all the important things one needs to know on the country, and he does so while staying fairly neutral on touchy subjects. For those who desire to learn more on this influential Muslim country whether as a student, tourist, businessman, or simply a curious bystander, you will not be disappointed with this book.
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press USA (14 February 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 019973304X
- ISBN-13: 978-0199733040
- Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.7 x 1.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 331 g
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