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

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, May 26, 2009 - History - 400 pages
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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INVISIBLE NATION: How the Kurds' Quest for Statehood is Shaping Iraq and the Middle East

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Stimulating history of the single Iraqi ethnic group that doesn't want American troops to leave Iraq.BBC correspondent Lawrence's debut reviews the ancient struggle for independence of 25 million ... Read full review

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Ever since the first Gulf War of 1990-91, the Kurdish issue has emerged as a political and strategic fulcrum in Iraq. During the period between 1991 and 2003, the U.S.-imposed no-fly zone in Iraqi ... Read full review


The Prodigal Republic
The Stolen Sheath
Betrayal and Holocaust
Shame and Comfort
Burning Down the House
Carnival in Limbo
A Most Convenient Foe I I I
The Northern Front I 32
The Believers
The Feast of the Sacrifice 23 I
Securing the Realm
Something That Does Not Love a Wall
Visible Nation
Key Events in Iraqi Kurdish History
Selected Bibliography

No Friends but the Kurds
Deeds to the Promised Land

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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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