Hannah Lucinda Smith is The Times' correspondent in Turkey, where she has covered conflicts, a coup attempt and the rise of controversial president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. During her time in the country, she has also reported from inside rebel-held Syria, on the front lines of the battle against Isis in Iraq, and joined the mass movement of migrants on their journey to Europe in 2015.
'A brilliant guide, filled with insights, into Erdogan the leader and Erdogan the man. Not only essential reading for those wanting to understand contemporary Turkey, its politics and those of the wider region; essential reading full stop.' Peter Frankopan 'This book is a comprehensive and nuanced account of Erdogan's rule and the way he has ridden the tides of politics. For anyone interested in Turkey it is a must, but it also roams widely through the study of power and populism, full of revealing detail ... Smith has a subtle intelligence; she deftly weaves the blowback from the collapse of Syria into her contemporary story while never losing sight of the looming presence of Ataturk, the founder of the republic. She writes very well, with an engaging mix of personal anecdote, acute observation, interviews and well-informed research; there's no fat on this book and never a dull page.' Times 'A fine book showing an aptitude to look way beyond the surface, and an eye for telling details which comes from her being an accomplished journalist based in Turkey' Independent 'One should begin by applauding Smith's courage and determination in remaining in both Syria and Turkey during their upheavals and keeping her cool as a journalist ... Smith's book could not be timelier ... Excels in explaining elements of recent Turkish history that enabled Erdogan to impose himself as the saviour of democracy.' New Statesman 'Vivid descriptions of the day-to-day practicalities of life on the border of ISIS territory ... Warm and engaging, her enthusiasm for the country shines through, and it makes a good guide for anyone looking to understand how Erdogan's Turkey evolved.' Fathom Journal 'Warm, funny, engaging and always informative, Smith's writing stands among the finest of a new generation of journalist authors. Essential reading - I was delighted by every page.' Anthony Loyd