- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Worthy Books; First Edition (third printing) edition (October 14, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781617950797
- ISBN-13: 978-1617950797
- ASIN: 1617950793
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 66 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Miracle of the Kurds: A Remarkable Story of Hope Reborn in Northern Iraq Hardcover – October 14, 2014
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About the Author
Stephen Mansfield is a writer and speaker best known for his groundbreaking books on the role of religion in history, leadership, and modern culture. He first came to international attention with The Faith of George W. Bush, the New York Times bestseller that influenced Oliver Stone's film, W. His book The Faith of Barack Obama was another international bestseller. He has written celebrated biographies of Booker T. Washington, George Whitefield, Winston Churchill, and Abraham Lincoln, among others. Stephen speaks around the world on topics of faith, leadership, and culture. He is also the founder of two firms: The Mansfield Group and Chartwell Literary Group. He lives in Nashville and in Washington, DC, with his wife, Beverly, who is an award-winning songwriter and producer.
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The book itself is a mixture between the author's experiences with the Kurds and their remarkable, often tragic, history. It starts off with the author returning to the Kurdish region of Iraq and comparing it with the first time he visited. The improvements are remarkable as is the poignant reminder that this was a land that didn't even have jam available to them. The personal story components are interesting as the author speaks to the Kurdish about their history after they escaped from Saddam Hussein's regime. These sad tales are set alongside a brief history of the Kurds and Kurdistan as the people continue to try to live and grow in a turbulent region.
If you're looking for a book where the author's love for his subject matter is clear, then this is it. It was a remarkably easy read as well, as the author's writing style is easy to understand. I read through the whole book once, then read it all over again just because I enjoyed it so much. I can't think of many other books that I have done that with. Also, I felt like I learned a lot about a group of people who have been handed the short end of the stick too many times and deserve to be treated better.
In short, I would highly recommend this book if you are at all interested in learning about the Kurdish and what they've been through. The brave people fighting ISIS deserve more recognition than they're currently getting.
But his short book, while readable and moving at times, is little more than a gushing fan letter to the Kurds. It focuses excessively on their personalities at the cost of serious history and discussion of the "Kurdish miracle." His economic analysis is no more than praise for a law that gave equal treatment to foreign and domestic investors. He barely discusses the Kurdish security forces, which have kept the region so safe. There's little mention of the politics that helped make this happen, or the effects of the Iraq War. He doesn't explore oil or religion much either.
This book may be for you if you have never heard of the Kurds and are interested solely in their social characteristics. If you want a more serious account of the Kurds, look elsewhere.
He knows Kurdistan and the history of Kurds almost more than Kurds themselves, He traveled to kurdistan and lived with the people, as he feels the desire of living from people's story,
I had a great time reading the book,
I read whole the book in 2 days and i want to read it one more time,
Im from kurdistan-erbil, i live in U.S as im student here,
I recommended my friends at school to read the book if they want to know everything about Kurdistan,
Because i can't tell the story like Mansfield,
Although i wanted to see his way of criticising Kurdistan, the people and government, as its important for time indeed.
Thank You Great Mansfield