The Turcophile File

by Darwin Sator



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/7/2004

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 122
ISBN : 9781412039161

About the Book

About 10 years ago a skeptical friend asked Darwin Sator, "What's so great about Turkey?" to which he replied, "I'll make you a list." A year later, Sator presented his friend a list of what he considered 100 very interesting facts. He kept a copy, and kept adding to it. A couple of years ago, when the list passed 300, he started thinking about writing a little book to share his excitement with others. The Turchophile File contains an improbable total of 475 interesting facts. ("Gotta stop somewhere," Sator says.) They are presented willy nilly, not to confuse the reader exactly, but to prevent him from viewing the country from any narrow perspective. The original idea was to call the book Turkish Trivia, Talking Turkey or Turkish Tidbits, which have the advantage of being alliterative, but while some of it is definitely trivia, more of it isn't, and the other two names make you think of that bird again. The Turcophile File is better. It's alliterative too, and it says exactly what the author wants it to say, which is: "I love this place, and I'll bet you would love it too."

About the Author

Almost 50 years ago, Darwin Sator was a U.S. Air Force lieutenant assigned to Turkey, and he has returned here several times. He earned a degree in journalism from Ohio State University in 1954 and worked 35 years as a newspaper editor, reporter, and publisher. Since retiring in 1988, he has lived mainly in West Milton, Ohio, and, in 2002, published The Crisscross, Double-Cross, a controversial book about the men who vandalized the Christian Bible. The setting for CCDC also is Turkey or, as it formerly was known, Asia Minor and Anatolia.