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Birds Without Wings

by Louis de Bernieres

Birds Without Wings
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    Aug 2004, 576 pages
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    Jun 2005, 576 pages

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Background: The Ottoman Empire ruled large tracts of central Europe for about 450 years, until it was defeated by the Turkish nationalists in 1918.  The Turks were led by Mustafa Kemal, whose story forms just one of the many threads in this tapestry of a book.  Although I obviously cannot endorse either, I found these sites provided useful background reading about the Ottoman Empire and Mustafa Kemal.
Infoplease.com
Ataturk.com

The excerpt, chosen by the publisher, is from Chapter 27. It's well chosen because it reads much like a short story in its own right; and doesn't give away any key plot details that would spoil your enjoyment of the book before this point.

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