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By Andrew Finkel

Turkey occupies a strategic place in contemporary international: the one predominantly Muslim state to be a member of NATO and an best friend of Israel, it straddles either Europe and Asia. Turkey is the hyperlink among Islam and Western democracy, among Europe and the center East. during this concise advent, Andrew Finkel, who has spent two decades in Turkey writing in regards to the state for guides akin to The Economist and Time journal, unravels Turkey's complexities. He units the problems and modifications of present-day Turkey opposed to the old heritage of the Ottoman Empire, the secular nationalist revolution led by way of Kemal Atatürk, and repeated political interventions via the army, which sees itself because the dad or mum of Atatürk's legacy. Finkel finds a kingdom choked with surprises. the place else yet in Turkey, Finkel writes, could secularist liberals have supported a first-rate minister who was jailed for selling spiritual extremism? From the Kurdish query to fiscal coverage, from Turkey's position in Iraq to its quest for european club, Finkel illuminates the prior and current of this distinct, and uniquely consequential, nation in Turkey: What every person wishes to Know®.

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