To Set Them Free
The facing page format, with English on the left and Turkish on the right, is designed to make comparison easy for students of either English or Turkish.
This biography is the first to treat the whole life of Atatürk. It gives particular attention to his formative years, his childhood and early military career, since this period is not as well known as his career as the great reformer and founder of the modern Turkish state.
Research, which took over 25 years, included work in government and family archives and extensive interviews with people who had known Atatürk at all periods from childhood on.
34 rare photographs and portraits, several reproduced from the originals.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk rose from a humble childhood to become one of the most courageous and significant leaders of the 20th Century.
"Even though I was very familiar with the life of Ataturk, when I read To Set Them Free, I realized that we (as Turks growing up in Turkey) never learned about his childhood in a way that resonated with his accomplishments in later years that were so important and shaped the modern day Turkey that I grew up in."