Invisible Nation

Invisible Nation

How the Kurds' Quest for Statehood Is Shaping Iraq and the Middle East

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
Numbering 25 million, the Kurds remain the largest ethnic group in the world without its own nation. This is not for want of trying, as British reporter Lawrence writes in this lucid, eye-opening account of the long, brutal struggle that continues despite opposition from Mideastern nations and the U.S.

McMillan Palgrave

The American invasion of Iraq has been a success - for the Kurds. Kurdistan is an invisible nation, and the Kurds the largest ethnic group on Earth without a homeland, comprising some 25 million moderate Sunni Muslims living in the area around the borders of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. Through a history dating back to biblical times, they have endured persecution and betrayal, surviving only through stubborn compromise with greater powers. They have always desired their own state, and now, accidentally, the United States may have helped them take a huge step toward that goal.

As Quil Lawrence relates in his fascinating and timely study of the Iraqi Kurds, while their ambition and determination grow apace, their future will be largely dependent on whether America values a budding democracy in the region, or decides to yet again sacrifice the Kurds in the name of political expediency. Either way, the Kurdish north may well prove to be the defining battleground in Iraq, as the country struggles to hold itself together. At this extraordinary moment in the saga of Kurdistan, informed by his deep knowledge of the people and region, Lawrence’s intimate and unflinching portrait of the Kurds and their heretofore quixotic quest offers a vital and original lens through which to contemplate the future of Iraq and the surrounding Middle East.



Book News
Lawrence is Middle East correspondent for the British Broadcasting Corporation/Public Broadcasting International's The World. He describes the recent political history of the Iraqi Kurds, offering some introductory material and then the main narrative, which picks up in the 1970s, the era during which the Kurds came to be significantly impacted by US policy in the Middle East. Almost half of the volume is dedicated to discussing the development of a tenuous Kurdish autonomy in the wake of the first Gulf War and even greater detail is provided for the period following the 2003 US invasion and occupation of Iraq, which has allowed the Kurds to set up a de facto state of their own in northern Iraq, thus achieving part of a long-frustrated ambition (much to the chagrin of the Turks and a significant portion of Iraqi Arabs). His narrative also contains some of the most detailed portraits of significant Kurdish political figures to be found in books about current Iraqi politics. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Holtzbrinck

The American invasion of Iraq has been a success - for the Kurds. Kurdistan is an invisible nation, and the Kurds the largest ethnic group on Earth without a homeland, comprising some 25 million moderate Sunni Muslims living in the area around the borders of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. Through a history dating back to biblical times, they have endured persecution and betrayal, surviving only through stubborn compromise with greater powers. They have always desired their own state, and now, accidentally, the United States may have helped them take a huge step toward that goal.

As Quil Lawrence relates in his fascinating and timely study of the Iraqi Kurds, while their ambition and determination grow apace, their future will be largely dependent on whether America values a budding democracy in the region, or decides to yet again sacrifice the Kurds in the name of political expediency. Either way, the Kurdish north may well prove to be the defining battleground in Iraq, as the country struggles to hold itself together. At this extraordinary moment in the saga of Kurdistan, informed by his deep knowledge of the people and region, Lawrence's intimate and unflinching portrait of the Kurds and their heretofore quixotic quest offers a vital and original lens through which to contemplate the future of Iraq and the surrounding Middle East.



Blackwell North Amer
The American invasion of Iraq has been a success - for the Kurds. Kurdistan is an invisible nation, and the Kurds are the largest ethnic group on earth without a homeland, comprising some 25 million moderate Sunni Muslims living in the area around the borders of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. Through a history dating back to biblical times, they have endured persecution and betrayal, surviving only through stubborn compromise with greater powers. They have consistently yearned for official statehood, and now, as one of the accidental outcomes of its invasion of Iraq, the United States may have helped them take a huge step toward that goal.
As Quil Lawrence relates in his fascinating and timely study of the Kurds, while their ambition and determination grow apace, their future will be largely dependent on whether America values a budding democracy in the region, or decides to yet again sacrifice the Kurds in the name of political expediency. Either way, the Kurdish north may well prove to be the defining battleground in Iraq as the country struggles to hold itself together.

Baker
& Taylor

Identifying Kurdistan as the world's largest ethnic group without a homeland, an analysis of their history and effort to establish their official statehood evaluates America's pivotal role in their endeavor and explains why the Kurdish north may prove to be a defining battleground in Iraq.

Publisher: New York : Walker & Company : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, c2008
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780802716118
0802716113
Characteristics: xvi, 367 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm

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