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reading mostly non-fictional books to learn new stuff. But occasionally I'm reading Sci-Fi and History.

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Halil Gülbeyaz: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (Hardcover, 2003, Parthas) 5 stars

Detailed and engaging biography about Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

5 stars

While this is a biography and thus rather dense with dates of events and names etc. I found it still very interesting to read. Halil managed to really tell the story of Mustafa Kemal. Carefully collecting sources and trying to carefully tell the tales of the mythos from evidence. He provides references to all the material and also context into other historic events and figures of the time. Really interesting to read the implications of the colonial powers and the demise of the ottoman empire in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The book helps connecting the dots of my rather sparse knowledge of recent european history.