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Publisher's Summary

Kurdistan is what America wanted Iraq to be. It’s America’s reward.
Hundreds of thousands of Kurds were murdered under the tyrannical regime of Saddam Hussein. Some 4,000 Kurdish villages were destroyed. Betrayed again and again by the nations of the world, the Kurds were as decimated as any people in history.
Then came the Kurdish Miracle, that combination of ancient wisdom and modern economic genius that is now making the Kurdish homeland one of the most prosperous places on earth. Many experts predict that this homeland will soon be the world’s newest nation.
Stephen Mansfield witnessed much of this history. In this audiobook, he has turned the skills that have made him a New York Times best-selling author upon the Kurdish story. He has captured the agony and the determination, the horror and the genius, of one of the most remarkable stories of our time.
©2014 Worthy Publishing (P)2014 Oasis Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By JeanTarrou on 11-20-15

Changes everything you know about the Middle East

If you could sum up The Miracle of the Kurds in three words, what would they be?

Eye-opening, provocative, enlightening.

What other book might you compare The Miracle of the Kurds to and why?

It reminded me of the optimism and longing, that I imagine T.E Lawrence felt in the desert with its people. So perhaps, I would compare it to the Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

Which character – as performed by Stephen Mansfield – was your favorite?

Mansfield did a great job narrating his own work.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I never realized how progressive and important the Kurdish people are and have been until I foubd this book. My favorite part was the history of the people: their courage through oppression, their tolerance to other peoples and faiths (especially towards the Jews), their important contributions and powerful leaders - Saladin, Cyprius the Great.

Any additional comments?

As an American, I've met plenty of so called progressives on college campuses and else where. These people are quick to condemned the Iraq war as utterly futile and worse sympathize with radical Islamists calling them victims and "well, if American hadn't been in the Middle East or start wars, we would not have problems like ISIS." Many sheltered "progressives" tend to not value the right people in the Middle East like the Kurds. Kurds see the Iraq war as a victory and a liberation, it allowed them to establish northern Iraq as their fruitful region.
I think every so called open minded socially progressive needs to read this book and learn more about the great truely progressive Kurdish people.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Susan B. McIntyre on 05-31-15

Very informative.

The author does a great job of reading which is not always the case. The entire book was a pleasure to read even if much of the information was a great disappointment for me concerning the world 's response to the tragedy of the Kurds. I highly recommend getting this book if you want to have any understanding of the Iraqi issues.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 09-16-16

Almost perfect book, great intro to the Kurds.

amazing book. slight xtian/american/capitalist bias. But still really fantastic primer on kurdistan and the Kurds.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Bolek Czabanski on 08-14-15

A must-read book about Kurds.

Great story about wonderful Kurdish nation. Just didn't like slamming my hero - Christopher Hitchens.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Jordan on 05-16-17

Utter Trash

The last thing the Kurdish people need is some orientalist wanker gushing about how the Kurds are actually good because they are just like northern Californians and can build shopping malls and restaurants.
Steve needs to Google Bookchin.

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