Ataturk: The rebirth of a Nation [Patrick Kinross] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Ataturk: the rebirth of a nation / Lord Kinross. Note: Also published under the title: Ataturk: a biography of Mustafa Kemal, father of modern Turkey. Physical. Get this from a library! Atatürk: the rebirth of a nation. [Patrick Balfour Kinross, Baron].

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What in his youth was a decrepit and moribund empire, he turned into a foward-looking republic with the overtones of a benign dictatorship that still nnation him some sixty There is a distressing sameness to most biographies: Ataaturk like to try and get a more modern and up-dated version of this story now as it is quiet an interesting area and whatever his faults, Ataturk had a keen and insightful mind of where the world was heading with WW2 on the horizon and its consequences.

Your rating has been recorded. I found some important subjects were left out or not given sufficient attention. You may send this item to up to five recipients. I stood there for at least 15 minutes browsing through the two books, deciding which one to rebrth.

I wasn’t very happy with how Ataturk died but what can you do? The author wrote this book marvelously having the reader of this period of contemporary history read with the awe and depth of fiction written by a professional novelist. So it is with Lord Kinross in Ataturk. Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, who built a modern nation out of natin medieval backwater by what amounted to sheer force of will, was a truly amazing giant of history. Some features of WorldCat will not be available.

Atatürk: The Rebirth Of A Nation

He dragged Turkey, kicking and screaming, into the modern era, and tried his darnedest to get it to embrace parliamentary democracy before kicking the bucket himself at an early age, unfortunately, from cirrhosis of the liver. My lack of understanding of Turkey’s leap from monarchy to republic is nicely stitched together with a study of Ataturk. I would have added a personality for womanizing and another for heroic alcohol consumption if someone would have come to mind.

What I liked most is the fact that the author is unbiased; he shows all the qualities of the man, general and leader but also his flaws. Advanced Search Find a Library.


I read this book many years ago, yet it has stuck with me as one of the best biographies I’ve ever read. Books by John Patrick Douglas Balfour. A political and military genius, alcoholic, and much more.

It was a very difficult book to read and I would only recommend it to someone if they really wanted to learn about Turkish history. Kemal Ataturk, is the re-inventor of Turkey.

True, he was a “dictator”, but if there ever was a benevolent dictator, he is it. He was the real engine of the transformation of Turkey from a medieval-like empire to a modern country.

Much like present day Indonesia, religious parties have gained prominence and seek to re-assert religion as part of government.

The specific requirements or preferences of your reviewing publisher, classroom teacher, institution or organization should be applied. Finally, one issue that is always present in the book is the struggle of Ataturk against the old traditions that he thought could damage the progress of the nation. In the process, he had to change almost every aspect of people’s life, going from economy and politics to culture and education.

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Have not read other bios of Ataturk, but I found this very well written bio. The E-mail message field is required. He was portrayed a lone wolf, throughout the last few chapters, who is holding up the power and using his notoriety for his own benefit.

He just died of Liver cirrhosis in his sleep; it wasn’t a ‘bang’ or anything. Turkey still struggles and the jury is still out whether a western “modern” approach shall prevail and succeed but the fact that it has for almost 50 years is a testament to one of the remarkable leaders of the 20th century.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. About John Patrick Douglas Balfour. Ataturk’s historical image in Turkey best parallels that of Geoorge Washington in the US and is depicted as such in the book.

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With the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after the First World War came the emergence of new nations, chief among them Turkey itself. 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.


Definitely worth the time. Ataturk, the rebirth of a nation. From there, it is all downhill. Eventually I chose the Kinross version, even though it was written more than 40 years ago. Very much like the BBC documentary where his militaristic abilities are highly praised but his clever statesmanship was left out. My degree in history stopped somewhere a mile east of Athens. In a sense, he was their version of George Washington, as someone once put it, trying to provide some perspective for an American.

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I have not regretted this choice in the slightest; Kinross’s biography contains both the erudition and the narrative consistency to tell the story both fully and accurately. He seized power after the first world war after the Ottoman empire had been stripped of much of its territory. The insights he develops into the military and political situation of the time picks him out as a potential threat to his superiors, but also identify him as an invaluable commander. A womanizer who did atatkrk lot for the emancipation of women.

Ataturk moved and led Turkey as few have ever led nation.

Atatürk : the rebirth of a nation

A truly enlightening book for me, such an amazing leader, with such foresight and skill, I wonder why so little is know of him when his contribution was so significant.

A revealing account of the life of one of the most interesting and overlooked in the West men of the past century. It seemed to me that this could be an ordinary case of self-imposed cult of personality that endured generations. You already recently rated this item. The name field is required. Strangely she still extols the virtue of the man and his leadership. Nov 16, Robert Bram rated it it was amazing.