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Nicole Pope is a Swiss journalist and writer based in Istanbul. She has written as Turkey’s correspondent for Le Monde, and she currently writes for the Turkish daily Today’s Zaman.

Hugh Pope is also the author of Sons of the Conquerors: The Rise of the Turkic World. He was a foreign correspondent for 25 years, most recently at The Wall Street Journal.

Turkey Unveiled

Hugh and Nicole Pope

One of the best accounts of Turkey’s recent political history ’ Orhan Pamuk TLS

A complex and nuanced picture...This first-rate political reporting demonstrates that those seeing Turkey in either the best or worst light are only half rightForeign Affairs

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Turkey today defies easy categorization. Friends speak of the Turks as blunt yet hospitable, inhabiting a land rich in history and culture, a member of the E.U. and strategic ally to the United States. Detractors cite military coups and concerns about Islamic fundamentalism. Turkey Unveiled reveals this extremely complex country, now in a newly updated edition covering the first decade of the 21st century and the most recent developments in Turkey.

The authors, who speak fluent Turkish and have reported from the country for twenty years, provide a rich mosaic of contemporary Turkey and its formative past. The strengths and weaknesses of the Ottoman Empire, the Armenian tragedy, the Kurdish struggle, the controversial legacy of the brilliant but autocratic founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, are all here. They also provide portraits of new leaders who have broken taboos and ushered in new freedoms at a time when other forces attempt to pull Turkey back into the Middle Eastern vortex.