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Ataturk - Andrew Mango

Paperback Published: 11th March 2004
ISBN: 9780719565922
Number Of Pages: 688

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This biography of Atat rk aims to strip away the myth to show the complexities of the man beneath. Born plain Mustafa in Ottoman Salonica in 1881, he trained as an army officer but 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, defeated the last Sultan and secured the territory of the Turkish national state, becoming the first president of the new republic in 1923. He imposed coherence, order and mordernity and in the process, created his own legend and his own cult.

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Surely definitive ... I enjoyed every page and recommend this book highly - Simon Sebag Montifiore, Mail on Sunday

A fluent, thorough and enjoyable biography, which for comprehensiveness, balance and deftness of touch outclasses all the alternatives for the English reader - Mark Mazower, New Statesman

The best concise account I have ever seen of the decline of the Ottoman Empire. The narrative is gripping. It does not merely present all the facts of Ataturk's career but paints a credible picture of the whole man - Geoffrey Lewis

The profundity of Mango's analysis and his empathy with the years of national regeneration lift Ataturk to a higher level of biography than any previous account - Alan Palmer, Literary Review

Takes its place at the top - Norman Stone, Sunday Times

ISBN: 9780719565922
ISBN-10: 0719565928
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 688
Published: 11th March 2004
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 4.1
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1