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The Turks and Mr. Erdogan

The Turks and Mr. Erdogan

Mustafa Kemal (1881-1938). Turkey could use him today. (Wiki­me­dia)

The Hills­dale Col­lege Alas­ka cruise aimed to edu­cate, and so it did. I learned more from David Gold­man about Erdo­gan, Turkey and the Mid­dle East in an hour than from every­body else com­bined over the years.

The Author

David Gold­man, a New York econ­o­mist, is a colum­nist for First Things mag­a­zine and writes under the name “Spen­gler” for Asia Times Online. Pre­vi­ous­ly he was the glob­al head of cred­it strat­e­gy for Cred­it Suisse, and head of fixed income research at Bank of Amer­i­ca. In addi­tion to his jour­nal­ism and finan­cial work, he is a reg­u­lar on CNBC’s The Kud­low Report

The Book

Goldman’s lat­est book is enti­tled, How Civ­i­liza­tions Die (and Why Islam is Dying Too). I tried to buy it on the spot, but so heavy were sales that I had to order a copy. I haven’t yet read it, so I will quote what learned peo­ple say:

“David Gold­man mus­es on pop­u­la­tion trends and reli­gion with a breath­tak­ing depth, orig­i­nal­i­ty, and panache.…

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