Invisible Nation How the Kurds' Quest for Statehood Is Shaping Iraq and the Middle East


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For the Kurds, the American invasion of Iraq has been a success.  Kurdistan is an invisible nation, and the Kurds the largest ethnic group on Earth without a homeland, comprising some 25 million moderate Sunni Muslims living in the area around the borders of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria.  Through a history dating back to biblical times, they have endured persecution and betrayal, surviving only through stubborn compromise with greater powers. They have always desired their own state, and now, accidentally, the United States may have helped them take a huge step toward that goal.

As Quil Lawrence relates in his timely study of the Iraqi Kurds, while their ambition and determination grow apace, their future will be largely dependent on whether America values a budding democracy in the region, or decides to yet again sacrifice the Kurds in the name of political expediency. Either way, the Kurdish north may well prove to be the defining battleground in Iraq, as the country struggles to hold itself together. At this extraordinary moment in the saga of Kurdistan, informed by his deep knowledge of the people and region, Lawrence’s intimate and unflinching portrait of the Kurds and their quest for a homeland offers a vital and original lens through which to contemplate the future of Iraq and the surrounding Middle East.

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Quil Lawrence is the Middle East correspondent for BBC/ PRI’s The World, and has spent much of the last seven years in Iraq and Kurdistan. He has reported for National Public Radio, the Los Angeles Times, and the Christian Science Monitor, and has won awards for his reporting from Colombia, Sudan, and Iraq. This is his first book.

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  • Quil Lawrence is the Baghdad bureau chief for NPR News and has spent much of the last eight years in Iraq and Kurdistan. He has reported for BBC/PRI's The World, National Public Radio, the Los Angeles Times, and the Christian Science Monitor, and has won awards for his coverage from Colombia, Sudan, and Iraq.
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