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Turkey Unveiled:

Turkey Unveiled:

Hugh Pope, Nicole Pope

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ISBN 13: 978-0-87951-898-1
Trim Size: 6x9

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"One of the best accounts of Turkey's recent history." --Times Literary Supplement

Turkey today-very likely the world's fastest growing tourist destination-defies easy categorization: European Western Islamic Anarchic Friends speak of the Turks as blunt yet hospitable, inhabiting a land rich in history and culture, a strategic ally of NATO. Detractors cite "Midnight Express," military coups, Islamic Fundamentalism. The Turks themselves, with characteristic indifference, simply say: "All is Turkey." Hugh and Nicole Pope in this very timely account attempt to fill a gap in perception.

Throughout the last generation Turkey has opened up to the outside world, increasingly revealing a pluralistic and dynamic society. The authors, who speak fluent Turkish and have reported from Turkey for a decade, provide a rich mosaic of contemporary Turkey and its formative past. The strengths and weaknesses of the Ottoman Empire, the Armenian tragedy, the ongoing Kurdish struggle, and the controversial legacy of the brilliant but autocratic founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatrk are all here. They also provide portraits of new leaders who have broken taboos and ushered in new freedoms at a time when other forces attempt to pull Turkey back into the Middle Eastern vortex.

Hugh and Nicole Pope, combining analysis with understanding, make recent developments in Turkey intelligible for both the general reader and the millions of visitors welcomed by a burgeoning tourist industry. As The Financial Times stated, they "perform an admirable service in presenting the Turks as normal arid likable human beings, with whom western readers should not find it difficult to empathize."

The most comprehensive history of this often misunderstood place in over a generation . . . Turkey Unveiled should become the standard-bearing history of this most fascinating society. The Washington Times

[The Popes] describe a country caught not only between two regions but also between poverty and prosperity . . . between freedom and repression. . . . They also trace Turkey s development from an insular and largely agrarian society at the birth of the republic into the increasingly pluralistic and affluent society of today. The Wall Street Journal

A well-written and reliable account. Middle East Quarterly

Nicole Pope was born in Switzerland and previously worked with the Red Cross in Iraq and Lebanon. She reports for Le Monde and for international radio stations in Turkey.

Hugh Pope runs the new bureau in Istanbul for The Wall Street Journal, reporting on Turkey, the Caucasus and Central Asia. He has reported for The Independent, The Los Angeles Times, the BBC, and Reuters. He now runs the bureau in Istanbul for The Wall Street Journal, reporting on Turkey and the Caucasus.

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