"Another must-read by one of the most thought-provoking writers on Islam and the Middle East.. At once a brilliant history lesson and a fascinating thought experiment..."
Reza Aslan, author of No God But God.
"...the book is insightful... The hallmark of Fuller's books, Turkey and the Arab Spring included, is a long-term view that eschews the standard U.S.-centric analyses of Turkish politics and foreign policy. That quality is displayed again and shines through an occasionally uneven text. Fuller makes a compelling case that rumors of the Turkish model's death are greatly exaggerated. The skeptics, however, will want to have an obituary drafted." - Andrew A. Szarejko, Insight Turkey, Vol 16 No 3, Oct 2, 2014
"Despite his years as a Middle East analyst for the CIA, the National Intelligence Council, and the RAND Corporation, Fuller is a fierce critic of U.S. policy in the region. He spreads the blame for the Middle East's woes among Western powers and local actors - especially Saudi Arabia, whose regime he believes will not survive much longer. Fuller's portrait of the present state of the region is at odds with most conventional accounts... [a] sweeping survey. - John Waterbury, Foreign Affairs, Nov/Dec 2014
"A sober reflection on the rapidly changing political landscape of Turkey and a consideration of the nation's role in the tumult of the Arab Spring. Fuller (A World Without Islam, 2010, etc.) has written extensively on the Middle East in general and Turkey in particular. His latest volume offers a searching, vigorous reappraisal of Turkey's modern secularization and democratization... [he] delivers an exacting, original examination... [It is] an astute accounting of the political future of the Arab world, using Turkey as a bellwether." - Kirkus Reviews