Kurdistan is what America wanted Iraq to be. It’s America’s reward.
Hundreds of thousands of Kurds were murdered under the tyrannical regime of Saddam Hussein. Some 4,000 Kurdish villages were destroyed. Betrayed again and again by the nations of the world, the Kurds were as decimated as any people in history.
Then came the Kurdish Miracle, that combination of ancient wisdom and modern economic genius that is now making the Kurdish homeland one of the most prosperous places on earth. Many experts predict that this homeland will soon be the world’s newest nation.
Stephen Mansfield witnessed much of this history. In this audiobook, he has turned the skills that have made him a New York Times best-selling author upon the Kurdish story. He has captured the agony and the determination, the horror and the genius, of one of the most remarkable stories of our time.
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The author does a great job of reading which is not always the case. The entire book was a pleasure to read even if much of the information was a great disappointment for me concerning the world 's response to the tragedy of the Kurds. I highly recommend getting this book if you want to have any understanding of the Iraqi issues.
Eye-opening, provocative, enlightening.
It reminded me of the optimism and longing, that I imagine T.E Lawrence felt in the desert with its people. So perhaps, I would compare it to the Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
Mansfield did a great job narrating his own work.
I never realized how progressive and important the Kurdish people are and have been until I foubd this book. My favorite part was the history of the people: their courage through oppression, their tolerance to other peoples and faiths (especially towards the Jews), their important contributions and powerful leaders - Saladin, Cyprius the Great.
As an American, I've met plenty of so called progressives on college campuses and else where. These people are quick to condemned the Iraq war as utterly futile and worse sympathize with radical Islamists calling them victims and "well, if American hadn't been in the Middle East or start wars, we would not have problems like ISIS." Many sheltered "progressives" tend to not value the right people in the Middle East like the Kurds. Kurds see the Iraq war as a victory and a liberation, it allowed them to establish northern Iraq as their fruitful region.
I think every so called open minded socially progressive needs to read this book and learn more about the great truely progressive Kurdish people.
One of the best books i've read. Could not put it down - works extremely well over audio media/format.
The libertarian implementation of Kurdish Economic policy
Their economic success - Google image search erbil and see what a 1st world country they live in
Their secularist leanings and tolerance
All the traumatic and harrowing tail of Saddam's war crimes against the Kurds
The shear resliance of these people.
After reading this book - for the firs time im thinking of going to the Middle East to see Iraqi Kurdistan. Only
No. I felt he writes very well. The only issue I had with Stephen is he is a bit of a evangelical God bother-er. This bias came through slighlty in the book which was unfortunate. His love-hate review on Christopher Hitchens within the book had me rolling around the floor laughing. For a God botherer though this guy is pretty good, he seems to have liberterian bent aswell which un does a lot of it.
For instance he calls Christopher Hitchens a biggot at one point. Gives an harrowing account of the unprovoked chemical attacks on the Kurds. Then in the last chapter goes all Jesus on us. I found this hypercritical because evangelical Christians usually have the bigoted belief that non believers like Islamic Kurds & atheists like myself will endure hell fire for ever. If this nonsense were true then surely chemical war fair on Kurds pales in comparison? If it isn't true then it bigotry sup-parses anything Hitchens ever said. Justification from enternal torture by faith or based simply on what you believe with out evidence is ultimate in bigotry.
I need to point out the author never mentions hell fire - im just going on what I know of Evangelical Christians. Perhaps he is a cherry picker and takes all the non bigoted words of Christ into his faith. One would like to think so - he seems like a very nice guy.
I was against the Bush Iraq war. As an Australian 90% of our populous were against it and we still got dragged into it. I'm not so sure now. The prosperity in Kurdish regions as a result may have made it all worth while.
I sincerely wish Stephen Mansfield book is read by a large number of people and raises awareness of their plight.
The west should really back the Kurds. At last a middle eastern country or group of people who embodie our secular values.
"Almost perfect book, great intro to the Kurds."
amazing book. slight xtian/american/capitalist bias. But still really fantastic primer on kurdistan and the Kurds.
"A must-read book about Kurds."
Great story about wonderful Kurdish nation. Just didn't like slamming my hero - Christopher Hitchens.
"Pleasant but not what I was after"
Pleasant but much of it seems very very personal. Not a bad thing at all but not what I was after.
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