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The American who reads this book may learn a great deal if he has a gift for reading between the lines. Turkey was a promising nation in the '50's, one of the brightest examples in our Cold War showcase. She had accepted the European-American standards and values hook, line, and sinker; for reasons hoary with age and luminous with ethnic pride, she was anti-Russian, anti-Communism. She was trying very hard to be a democratic, modernistic country; for more than a decade (in the teeth of all her anti-libertarian postures) we were certain she would make it. Then, a bloodless revolution, true political freedom finally established, and---economic near-disaster. Why? Despite his ""twenty-four years in international affairs"", despite all his talk of ""self-expression"", this distinguished pro-Western Turkish authority won't tell us the answer in so many words; yet here, amid his ""view of the Turkish scene in analytic perspective"", there is an answer of sorts, complicated and ambiguous though it may seem at times. With a deep sense of historical portent and an equally Near Eastern subtlety of expression, this author indicates the immediate reasons and probable outcome: if today's Turk is ""harassed by many weaknesses, this is because he has recognized the means to his end is just as important as the end itself, and the path of democracy is never easy"". But his innate ingenuity, says the author, will get him there---somehow.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1963
Publisher: Praeger