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The Innocents Abroad (1869) By Mark Twain

During our high school years at Talas and Tarsus, books by Mark Twain were among the many that we read with great joy, including Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. To many, Mark Twain was the Lincoln of the American literature, whose real name was...

For Sale from the Owner and Destitution of Turkish Lobby

By Ercument Kilic, in Turkish, 2 Volumes, October 2008, Babil Yayinlari, Istanbul Very few books have been written over the years by the Turkish-Americans or Turks in America as compared to other ethnic groups on the Turkish experience in America. The number of Turkish-Americans is...

The Usborne Internet – Linked Encyclopedia of World History and Omission of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, edited by Jane Chisolm.

A new book on World History has been published by Usborne Publishing in the US with a note that it is not for sale outside the USA. The 406-page encyclopedia has many useful charts including World Time Chart for the last 500 years which...

Serkis Had Loved This Land – Book Review by Yuksel Oktay

Serkis Bu Topraklari Sevmisdi By Faruk Bildirici, the Memoirs of Serkis Imas, in Turkish Dogan Kitap, Istanbul, October 2008 Since 1965, when the 50th Anniversary of 1915 tragic events (unjustly referred to as the Armenian genocide) was first commemorated at the Riverside Church in New York City,...

100 Castles – The Cultural Heritage of Turkey

A Book by Faruk Pekin and Hayri Fehmi Yılmaz, NTVYayinlari, March 2008, Istanbul, Turkey Turkey is home to unmatched geography and historical and cultural heritage. The greater landmass, Anatolia (Anadolu), referred to as ‘’where the sun rises’’, is also known as the ‘’Cradle of Civilisations’’......

The Bride of Fire, Gaiur Izmir – 13 Eylul 1922’de Izmir’i kimler yaktı?

A new book by Mehmet Coral, Doga Book, August 2008, Review by Yuksel Oktay 13 September 2008 marks the 86th anniversary of the great Izmir fire that destroyed three fourth of the city in 1922. The first book that I read about the Izmir fire...