About the book
The book tells the story of a young man, a graduate of the University of Istanbul whose ambition is to become a professor. A committed socialist at a young age, he is ill treated in his own country. He completes his compulsory military service in his native land and leaves for the United States to further his education. Thereafter he moves to the University of Edinburgh where he earns a Ph.D. in economics. He decides never to return to Turkey, moves back to the United States, becomes an accomplished scholar and eventually discovers his true economic and political outlook: free market economy and moderate conservatism.
I found the manuscript riveting. And, I am not one for reading autobiographies… Turkey is currently a topic of many debates--on issues of its EU admission, its role in NATO, the Armenian question, secularism, the scarf issue, and others.
Without any apparent intention to do so the author provides a historical context for many of the above issues, and he does it in a personalized manner that many can relate to.
Arnold Reisman, author of Turkey’s Modernization: Refugees from Nazism and Atatürk’s Vision.