Friday, 31 January 2014

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Waterstones has a special '20% off almost everything' sale this weekend, and as I was passing their Bluewater branch I decided to see if there was a book or two that I fancied buying.

The store has a carousel display of books published by Osprey, and I happened to see that they had a copy of the ‘Command’ series book about Mustafa Kemal Atatürk on sale. (It was written by Edward J Erickson, illustrated by Adam Hook, and published by Osprey in 2013 [ISBN 978 1 78096 590 1].) As Mustafa Kemal Atatürk has always been one of those late nineteenth/early twentieth century personalities that I have wanted to know more about, I bought it.

The book has eight chapters, a bibliography, and an index. The chapters are entitled:
  • Introduction
  • The early years
  • The military life
  • The hour of destiny
  • Opposing commanders
  • Inside the mind
  • When war is done
  • A life in words
A quick glance through the book indicates that it covers everything that I need in order to get some basic understanding of the man who was the ‘Father of the Turks’.


  1. Probably a man most of us would do well to know more about!

  2. Gonsalvo,

    Very true. I am told that you cannot understand modern Turkey without understanding something about Atatürk. The two are inexorably intertwinned

    All the best,


  3. Hi Bob,

    The author is a noted expert on the Ottoman Military and his book Defeat In Detail: The Ottoman Army in the Balkan War is a real gem. I have a copy of the biography of Ataturk by Andrew Mange and that is a very good account of his life.

    I have seen the Osprey title and it is on my 'to get' list - along with the volume on Lawrence.

    All the best,


  4. David Crook,

    The author's biography inside the cover of the book was quite impressive, and it sounds as if Osprey couldn't have found a better expert to write this book.

    All the best,