Gray Wolf: The Life of Kemal Ataturk

Gray Wolf: The Life of Kemal Ataturk

by H. C. Armstrong
Gray Wolf: The Life of Kemal Ataturk

Gray Wolf: The Life of Kemal Ataturk

by H. C. Armstrong


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MUSTAPHA KEMAL ATATURK, the great Turkish dictator, is a figure of great significance to the modern world. He did in Turkey what, in effect, Nasser and the other present-day “strong men” are trying to do in their countries, and he is their model and ideal. In fact, Nasser said of this book specifically “This has been the most important book in my life.”

Besides being of great historical importance, this book, first published in 1933, is also a fascinating study of an extremely complex and controversial figure, in which an iron self-discipline and a sudden capacity for self-abandonment existed side by side and indeed reinforced each other.

Richly illustrated with maps and drawings.

“This has been the most important book in my life”—Gamal Abdel Nasser

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781787206076
Publisher: Eschenburg Press
Publication date: 06/28/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 226
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

HAROLD COURTENAY ARMSTRONG (1891-1943) was a British soldier and writer who, having served as the Military Attaché in India before WWI, was sent to the Arab peninsula as an intelligence officer during the war and was caught in the siege of Kut.

Captured by the Turks, he marched as prisoner from the extreme south of Arabia, through Syria and up into Turkey and, following a failed escape attempt and insulting Enver Pasha, was imprisoned. Following release, he was made Staff Officer for all prisoners of war, which included acting as prosecutor and interpreter on the Turkish courts-martial.

He escaped Turkey before war end and was later posted back to occupied Istanbul as Deputy Military Attorney at the British High Commission. He remained in contact with the Turks, including Mustafa Kemal, and witnessed the rise of New Turkey.

He authored several books about Turkey, including Turkey in Travail (1925), Turkey and Syria Reborn (1930), Unending Battle (1934), and Lord of Arabia (1934).

Armstrong died in 1943.
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