What are the best books about Turkish society, history, and culture?

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    #1Istanbul: Memories and the City

    Istanbul: Memories and the City

    Istanbul: Memories and the City is a turkish memoir written by Orhan Pamuk. Istanbul: Memories and the City was published on July 11, 2006 by Vintage International

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    Barbara Jones
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This book gave me a better understanding of the Turkish society. This is a book more of the memories of the author. Still a great read, I feel. I found it to be very interesting and even learned some things that I had no idea about. Really great pictures throughout the book as well. You get a really good feel from them. This is a very authentic book. You can still feel the mood of the characters after you are done reading. I recommend this book to everyone. "
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    #2Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds

    Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds
    Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds is a turkish book written by Stephen Kinzer. Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds was published on September 4, 2002 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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    #3My Name Is Red

    My Name Is Red

    My Name Is Red is a turkish historical fiction novel written by Orhan Pamuk and translated by Erdağ M. Gökna. My Name is Red was published on August 27, 2002 by Vintage.

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    Carl Jenkins
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "It is indeed a book that has aspects of Turkish history, but it is a historical fiction book. It is an interesting read and had some information, but in the end none of the characters are true and it is hard to really understand the culture of Turkey through the eyes of fictional characters. Not a bad book by any means, unfortunately just not what I was looking for."
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    #4The Ottoman Empire: The Classical Age 1300-1600

    The Ottoman Empire: The Classical Age 1300-1600
    The Ottoman Empire: The Classical Age 1300-1600 is a book written by turkish author Halil İnalcık. The Ottoman Empire: The Classical Age 1300-1600 was published on December 31, 2001 by Phoenix.
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    Emily Liu
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The main problem with this book is that it is badly written. It seems that the author had a bunch of information and just put them next to each other. Some might try to explain this by saying that this is an academic book and not an introduction, but this excuse does not stand. There are so many books out there that are advanced and yet well written and are very hard to let go before you have finished reading them."
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    #5Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses, and Saints

    Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses, and Saints
    Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses, and Saints is a Turkish book written by authors Joy Stocke and Angie Brenner.
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    Amy Munoz
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This paperback book explores the culture of Turkey taking the reader along with the two women in the book through Mesopotamia. This writing will open your mind to a whole new side of Turkey along with it's saints and goddesses."
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    #61453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West

    1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West

    1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West is a historical book written by Roger Crowley. This historical book was published on August 15, 2006 by Hachette Books.

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    Helen Delgado
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I think that the book is a good option since it appears to be about a pivotal moment in Turkish history, however I find out that after viewing the link for the solution. Maybe adding that information into the solution itself would help."
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    #7The Museum of Innocence

    The Museum of Innocence

    The Museum of Innocence is a Turkish novel written by Turkish author Orhan Pamuk and translated by Maureen Freely. The Museum of Innocence was published on October 20, 2009 by Knopf.

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    Teresa Stephens
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I have read several books written by Orhan Pamuk. It took me two years to read "I Am Red" and I still rued the day I finished it. Pamuk is a Turkish Nobel Prize-winning author, who was banned from his homeland for writing things that did not reflect well on Turkey. I have not read "Museum of Innocence", because I was not aware of it's having been published, but now I will get it. Knowing the author's high intelligence and quality of writing, this book most likely fits this category perfectly."
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    #8Turkey the Raw Guide (Best of Perking the Pansies)

    Turkey the Raw Guide (Best of Perking the Pansies)

    Turkey the Raw Guide (Best of Perking the Pansies) is a book written by Jack Scott. Turkey the Raw Guide (Best of Perking the Pansies) was published on December 6, 2012 by Jack Scott.

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    Amber Tian
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Turkey the Raw Guide (Best of Perking the Pansies) is a very interesting glimpse into Turkish society, history, and culture. I read it before taking a trip there in order to familiarize myself as best as I could with what to expect. It was invaluable in my journey."
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    #9The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon is a non-fiction novel published in 1776. This book follows the history of the Western Civilization during the peak of the Roman Empire's power and influence.
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    Donald Burke
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "The recounts of history are told in this piece of literature. The book follows the the decline of the Roman empire and the subsequent power of it. This book present historical facts for the readers and take a new perspective to better understand the history of Rome and Western Civilization."
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    #10The Black Book

    The Black Book
    The Black Book is a book by Orhan Pamuk that tells the story of the lawyer Galip. Her wife left without any words left for him. He did not know if she is lost or ran away. He will begin to find her with only clues from the day she left. 
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    Tom Tan
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Not a good solution. Probably should be like a thriller"
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    #11Essential Turkish Cuisine

    Essential Turkish Cuisine
    Essential Turkish Cuisine is a cookbook written by Engin Akin. It was originally released in October 2015. It contains more than 200 recipes of traditional and modern Turkish cooking.
     
     
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    #12Arabesque

    Arabesque
    Arabesque: A Taste of Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon is a cookbook written by renowned author Claudia Roden. It was released in 2006 and concentrates on the unique flavors of food from Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon.
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    José Juan Ayala
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "if the book was to read about in turkish society"
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    #13Birds Without Wings

    Birds Without Wings

    Birds Without Wings is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Louis de Bernières which centers on a small town in wherein Christian and Muslim lives and traditions have co-existed peacefully for centuries. 

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    Miguel Córdova
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "NO"
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    #14White Castle

    White Castle

    The White Castle is a historical fiction novel by Orhan Pamuk which contains a discussion on the enigma of identity and the relations between the East and the West in the 17th century. It was published in 2000 by Faber and Faber.

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    Gregory Moore
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The White Castle is a historical fiction novel by Orhan Pamuk which contains a discussion on the enigma of identity and the relations between the East and the West in the 17th century. It was published in 2000 by Faber and Faber. a very interesting read"
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