This is a somewhat quick summary of recent (before 2009) events of the Kurds' attempt to survive in the Mid-East, battling Arab dictators, Turkey, and their tricky alliance with the U.S., and their eventual goal of establishing the state of Kurdistan. In some ways it parallels the establishment of the state of Israel, with the crucial difference being that the Israelis had the consistent "overt" support of the U.S., and the Kurds only had the "covert" consistent support of the U.S., due to Turkey's consistent opposition to the U.S. support of the Kurds.
I took away a star because the writer provides too little continuity between events, jumping from one to another, making it difficult to follow them and for us to keep track of where we are and why. The Kurds are a very colorful people, and we need to know more of their interrelationships with each other and get closer to the main characters, as a historian would, so that they can come to life. But Mr. Lawrence writes like a newspaper man. He just reports the who, what, where, and when : just the facts. It would be a much better read if he had more of a narrative historian's touch to provide the "why" certain developments occurred precisely when they did. - Clearly he likes the Kurds, but one wishes his view wasn't as detached as it is.