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

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Walker, Jul 7, 2009 - History - 400 pages
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The dramatic story of the Kurds and their quest to create a nation—essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how the turmoil in Iraq will play out.

The American invasion of Iraq has been a success for one group: the Kurds. For centuries they have yearned for official statehood—and now, as one of the accidental outcomes of the invasion, the United States may have helped them take a big step toward that goal. Informed by his deep knowledge of the people and region, Quil 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

Invisible nation: how the Kurds' quest for statehood is shaping Iraq and the Middle East

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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

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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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