"The Kurdistan I had known those years before was a dangerous, war- ravaged place. To be among the Kurds in northern Iraq then was to be in the middle of a civil war while the troops of a tyrant amassed on a nearby border and economic sanctions made life disease-ridden and spare." From the book
Author in Kurdistan
"I had never imagined such change was possible in so short a time...I left a newly-built world class airport and drove by six star hotels and office towers taller than anything in my hometowns of Nashville and Washington DC. Luxurious restaurants, richly stocked grocery stores, lovely city parks, gorgeous monuments and quiet, elegant neighborhoods were everywhere." From the book
Tens of thousands of Kurds were murdered under the tyrannical reign of Saddam Hussein. 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 The Miracle of the Kurds, he has captured the agony and the determination, the horror and the genius of one of the most remarkable stories of our time.
“Stephen Mansfield builds out both the then and now in rounding out the perspective of the Kurds to today's events in the middle east. Self-reliant, kind, fierce and passionate, his narrative lends perspective to why this can be a time of triumph for the Kurds.”
Stephen Mansfield is the New York Times bestselling author of The Faith of George W. Bush, The Search for God and Guinness, The Faith of Barack Obama, Lincoln’s Battle with God and Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men among other works of history and biography. Founder of The Mansfield Group, a research and publishing firm, Stephen is also a much in-demand speaker and consultant. He holds a doctorate in history and literature, and makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee and Washington, DC, with his wife, Beverly.