Atatrk - Andrew Mango

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Andrew Mango
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This biography of Ataturk aims to strip away the myth to show the complexities of the man beneath.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founding father of the Turkish Republic, was born plain Mustafa in Ottoman Salonica in 1881. Trained as an army officer, he was virtually unknown until 1919, when he took the lead in thwarting the victorious Allies' plan to partition the Turkish core of the Ottoman Empire. He divided the Allies, worsted the last Sultan and secured the territory of the Turkish national state, becoming the first president of the new republic in 1923, transforming it from a battle-scarred ruin into a regional power, and fast creating his own legend and his own cult.

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Andrew Mango was born in Istanbul. He complemented his knowledge of Turkish by studying Persian and Arabic at the School of Oriental Studies in London. From 1947 to 1986 he worked at the BBC, retiring as Head of South European and French Language Services. During his retirement he continued to study and write on Turkish affairs. He died in 2014.

Thorough authoritative biography
The Times

Mango knows all the Turkish sources and writes this full-length portrait in lucid prose
Sunday Times

Mango's biography is engrossing, judicious and - as Turkey challenges preconceptions about Islam's incompatibility with democracy, and presses for EU entry - timely.
The Guardian

'Incredible' - Bob Mills (author of Pierrepoint, quoted in the 'They're reading...' column)
The Times

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Presidents - Turkey - Biography.|Turkey - History - 1918-1960.
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