Fever and Thirst: A Missionary Doctor amid the Christian Tribes of Kurdistan

Fever and Thirst: A Missionary Doctor amid the Christian Tribes of Kurdistan

by Gordon Taylor TAYLOR
     
 

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This is “an enthralling account” (Booklist) of an American missionary doctor and his unprecedented adventures in Iraq, Iran and Kurdistan in the mid 19th century. The amazing thing about reading this richly detailed and absorbing account of the life and times of Dr. Asahel Grant in Asia is that things in that volatile region have not changed soSee more details below

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This is “an enthralling account” (Booklist) of an American missionary doctor and his unprecedented adventures in Iraq, Iran and Kurdistan in the mid 19th century. The amazing thing about reading this richly detailed and absorbing account of the life and times of Dr. Asahel Grant in Asia is that things in that volatile region have not changed so very much over time. Gordon is a student of the region, having been in the Peace Corps in Ankara, Turkey in the 1960s, and readers come away with a nuanced and deeper understanding of the geography and dynamics of the region. This book, as one reviewer has said, “sheds tremendous light on our present-day misadventures in Iraq.”

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"It is a harrowing story of disease, misfortune and sometimes death ... but it is an enthralling account of one man's endeavor to help those in need." — Booklist

"I was continually arrested by [Taylor's] very knowledgeable descriptions of the area and his accounts of what occurred there." —J.F. Coakley, Harvard University

"The author has achieved a miracle of reconstruction ... Taylor opens the door to a fascinating world." —ForeWord Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897335720
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporate
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Pages:
354
Sales rank:
1,105,565
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Gordon E. Taylor is an independent scholar and writer who has long been fascinated by the peoples and places of the Middle East, where he has taught English, lived, and travelled. He holds a B.A. degree from Lawrence University, in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he studied History and Theatre. Fever and Thirst is the culmination of a lifetime's fascination with the mountains of Hakkari, in southeast Turkey, and the Kurds and Assyrian Christian mountaineers who made those mountains their home.

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