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The great sociological heartbreakers of recent times include the betrayals of the American Indians during the entire 19th century and the betrayal of the Kurds and Armenians and the Kosavars in the Treaty of Paris after WW I led to the breakup of the Ottoman Empire. Interestingly, the future of Basque nation was also an issue brought to the Great Four at the time of Versailles; it was handled as superficially as were the various nation within the former Ottoman Empire. This book details the long series of agonizing disappointments the Basque people have endured, but even more importantly it describes the heights to which the Basques rose during their long history. These are generally unknown to Americans and I suspect to most Europeans too, both among the neighbors of the Basques and among those who live at greater distances. A "page turner" you'll listen to without being able to wait for the next installment you'll have time to hear. First class writing; first class narrating.
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Most peoples of the world have struggled to overcome geography, politics, cultural invasion, etc. and most have lost the vitality of their roots. Mark Kurlansky provides a compelling and well researched and reasoned description of the Basques and their extraordinary culture and history. Highly recommended.
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