The Kurds: Book summary and reviews of The Kurds by Kevin McKiernan

The Kurds

A People in Search of Their Homeland

by Kevin McKiernan

The Kurds by Kevin McKiernan

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Kevin McKiernan has reported on the Kurds of Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Syria since 1991, but he began his career as a journalist in the 1970s covering armed confrontations by Native Americans. In The Kurds: A People in Search of Their Homeland he draws parallels--using examples of culture, language, and genocide--between Native American history and the experience of the Kurds. With a population of more than twenty-five million, the Kurds are the largest ethnic group in the world without their own state, but until recently their long struggle for autonomy has received relatively little attention.

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"Starred Review. McKiernan sometimes presents overly simplistic explanations for complex regional trends and conflicts, but the sympathetic and compassionate treatment he gives his subjects makes up for many of his book's shortcomings." - PW.
"Kevin McKiernan demonstrates what hard work, insight, and familiarity can produce---a wholly refreshing and informative piece of journalism. His countless days and nights in Kurdistan provide a window on an immensely complex and important society, not merely its renowned tragedies and betrayals, but its vibrancy and potential. This may be the best work on the Kurdish people in Iraq that has ever been written. A must read." - John Tirman, executive director, MIT Center for International Studies

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