- Paperback: 539 pages
- Publisher: The Overlook Press (August 26, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 158567334X
- ISBN-13: 978-1585673346
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 73 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ataturk: The Biography of the Founder of Modern Turkey Paperback – August 26, 2002
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About the Author
Andrew Mango was born in Istanbul. He wrote his first article on Turkey for the Political Quarterly in 1957. Since then he has published dozens of articles, as well as two general introductions to Turkey. He is the author, most recently, of Turkey: The Challenge of a New Role (1994).
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In order to understand modern Turkey, one needs to come to terms with both the myth and reality of Ataturk. This book attempts to do so without the hero worship and hagiography found in other works. I other words, Ataturk is treated like a real man with both strengths and faults.
The book helped prepare me for my visit to Anıt Kabir - the Ataturk museum and mausoleum in Ankara. It helped me cut through the myth-making and to know the key players and politics before starting the very long, informative, visit.
I would give the book 5 stars if it included an annotated list of key people (the Turkish names blurred a little as I read) and a time-line.
As for myself, I have a very old degree in history and am some what critical of poor technique. This book does not suffer from many faults in research, attribution, and style though it is very, very long.
Analytical Review: This is a big book, but it reads like and even longer book because it is so crammed with details and names. Readers will likely find themselves paging for names and geographical sources, a convenient summary of short biographies appears at the end for assistance. A very enlightening book, which only the patient and interested reader should pick up - but those will find it immensely rewarding.
Beyond the descriptions of Ataturk and his life, it also goes into detail about some of his colleagues, World War I, and the Republic of Turkey in general. I learned about a lot more than just Ataturk in this biography, Mango gives the reader a great political setting in the late Ottoman Empire and early Republic of Turkey to surround the life of this great man.