Invisible Nation: How the Kurds' Quest for Statehood Is Shaping Iraq and the Middle East (Google eBook)

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, May 26, 2009 - History - 400 pages
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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.
  

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Review: Invisible Nation: How the Kurds' Quest for Statehood Is Shaping Iraq and the Middle East

User Review  - Riley - Goodreads

This book was informative, but it wasn't really what I had been looking for. Largely, it is an account of the Kurds as they relate to US foreign policy and the invasion and occupation of Iraq. I'd ... Read full review

Review: Invisible Nation: How the Kurds' Quest for Statehood Is Shaping Iraq and the Middle East

User Review  - Goodreads

This book was informative, but it wasn't really what I had been looking for. Largely, it is an account of the Kurds as they relate to US foreign policy and the invasion and occupation of Iraq. I'd ... Read full review

Contents

The Prodigal Republic
1
The Stolen Sheath
8
Betrayal and Holocaust
23
Shame and Comfort
42
Burning Down the House
63
Carnival in Limbo
88
A Most Convenient Foe
111
The Northern Front
132
The Believers
202
The Feast of the Sacrifice
231
Securing the Realm
244
Something That Does Not Love a Wall 2 71
271
Visible Nation 507
307
Key Events in Iraqi Kurdish History
323
Notes
333
Selected Bibliography
351

No Friends but the Kurds
160
Deeds to the Promised Land
182

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About the author (2009)

Quil Lawrence is the Middle East correspondent for BBC/ PRI's The World, and has spent much of the last seven years in Iraq and Kurdistan. He has reported for National Public Radio, the Los Angeles Times, and the Christian Science Monitor, and has won awards for his reporting from Colombia, Sudan and Iraq. This is his first book.

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