by Andrew Mango
This biography of Ataturk 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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 688 pages, 16pp illustrations
- Publisher: John Murray General Publishing Division
- Publication Date: 16/02/2004
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780719565922
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Review by Miro
It's a cliche that Ataturk was the Founder of Modern Turkey but Mango puts some meaning into it by showing him stepping into the vacuum of collapsing Ottoman rule, defending the fledgling country and giving it a new Western/secular bias. An excellent book.
Review by LynnB
Ataturk was truly a leader to be admired for his vision, and for his accomplishments. This book is thoroughly researched and gives a good account of the man and the times he lived in. However, I found the writing style dry and not engaging.