|About the Book|
In the İstanbul bookstore where I bought this book, I also found a newer biography of Atatürk written in 2000 by Andrew Mango. I stood there for at least 15 minutes browsing through the two books, deciding which one to buy. Eventually I chose the Kinross version, even though it was written more than 40 years ago. It had a personal familiarity with both the man and his age that was extremely compelling, in a way that Mangos very precisely analytical -- and therefore rather sterile -- volume lacked. I have not regretted this choice in the slightest- Kinrosss biography contains both the erudition and the narrative consistency to tell the story both fully and accurately. Further, its structure and pacing are expertly executed, allowing the book to hold me captive as a reader and therefore best inform me about one of the most interesting political figures of the 20th century -- and the cultural and historical backdrop that guided his actions.