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Erdogan Rising

The Battle for the Soul of Turkey
Narrated by: Hannah Lucinda Smith
Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
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Summary

Everyone has heard of Erdogan: Turkey’s bullish, mercurial president is the original postmodern populist. Around the world, other strongmen are now following the path that he has blazed. For the first time, Erdogan Rising tells the inside story of how a democracy on the fringe of Europe has succumbed to dictatorship.

Hannah Lucinda Smith, Turkey correspondent with The Times of London, has witnessed all that has befallen Turkey and the wider region since the onset of the Arab Spring. From the frontlines of the wars in Syria and Eastern Turkey, through the refugee crisis and the attempted coup against Erdogan, she traces how chaos in the Middle East has blown back on a country that was once heralded as the model of Islamic democracy. With access to key insiders, she also paints a vivid portrait of Erdogan’s descent from flawed democrat to staunch authoritarian.

Erdogan Rising is a story rooted in Smith’s first-hand experiences of a country divided, told through the eyes of a rich cast of characters. She journeys into the Turkey where Erdogan commands a following so devoted they compose songs in his honour, adorn their houses with his picture, and lay down their lives to keep him in power. But on the other side - sometimes just a few hundred metres down the road - she also meets the Turks who are mourning the loss of the country they once knew.

Erdogan Rising serves as a chilling warning of democracy’s fragility - and reveals how much people can change.

©2019 Hannah Lucinda Smith (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"Warm, funny, engaging and always informative, Smith's writing stands among the finest of a new generation of journalist authors. Essential reading - I was delighted by every page." (Anthony Loyd)

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Great insight and very interesting

Anyone interested in Turkey, it's history and peoples and cultural mix will be enthralled with this unbiased easy going though detailed commentary. It's focus is inevitably also on recent political history and the huge changes to democracy. No one will be left unaffected and probably saddened with the deep tensions permeating society. The narration is spot on and makes the book what it is with a deep sense of respect and warmth for the Turkish people. One of the top ten audiobooks I have listened to.

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A must-read for anyone interested in Turkey right now

Hannah Lucinda Smith’s book is only the latest new release on Turkey, but it’s absolutely one of the best. An intense, personal book that ties so many different stories together with elegance. It’s narrated by the author, which is rare and valuable. Highly recommended.

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  • Eric W Thomas
  • 17-10-19

Top notch! 5 stars all around!

What a great book! Extremely well researched, written, and narration (narrated by the author). It's very dense. You know a book is good when as soon as you are finished you restart it for another listen. One of the best book I have found on Audible.

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  • Alexander
  • 07-11-19

Best book of it's type on Turkey.

Wonderful look at a fascinating time. Author reads the book, providing accurate pronunciation of Turkish, and has access to a truly remarkable variety of sources.