by Lord Kinross (JPD Balfour)
The standard biography in English of the great Turkish
general and statesman whose military and political
genius and courage brought forth the modern Turkish
republic. It's as exciting to read as any novel.
Written decades after Lord Kinross's book, Professor
Mango covers the same ground but looks at Atatürk's
life somewhat differently, and the picture that emerges
is similar, but with important differences. Both
books are a joy to read, as gripping as novels.
An Island in
Istanbul: At Home on Heybeliada, by M. A. Whitten
The Whitten's Istanbul is a world away from whatever
you may have heard or experienced about this ever-intriguing
city, and yet it is recognizably Istanbul in all its
beauty, frustration and reward. More...
Life with a View: A Turkish
by Toni Sepeda
Toni Sepeda, PhD, has lived and taught
in Turkey for years, but she and partner
Craig Manley really "get into the country"
by building a vacation home on the
Black Sea coast east of Istanbul—a
ten-year project. More...
of a Turkish Family, by Irfan
One family's personal history, from
the graceful lifestyle of the Ottoman nobility through the cataclysm
of World War I and the fall of the empire, to rebirth
and renewal in the modern Turkish
Republic. An excellent
read! It's the best view of
what happened to real people during this
tumultuous time. More...
Turkey: Bright Sun, Strong
Tea, by Tom Brosnahan
My own humorous travel memoir of
my first years in Turkey as a Peace
Corps Volunteer teaching English,
my first guidebook (Frommer's
Turkey on $5 a Day), and later
A Turkish Tapestry: The Shakirs
of Istanbul, by Shirin Devrim
The Shakir family produced grand vezirs, generals,
poets and playboys, including Cevat Shakir, the "Fisherman
of Halicarnassus," and Aliye Berger, the famous—scandalous!— Istanbul painter.
The story of this prominent family is alternately
entertaining, instructive, and nearly incredible.
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