BROKEN FRAME: Memoirs of a Turkish Immigrant

Fuat M. Andic
Scarith, 2009
144 Pages, 9 Illustrations
ISBN 9780982386767 Paperback

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About the Author

Fuat M. Andic was Professor of Economics at the University of Puerto Rico. After retiring from academic life, he now works as consultant to international organizations and resides in Washington, DC. He is also a prolific writer and poet. His historical novel Farewell Homeland was published in the United States in 2009.

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.