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This book made me a public enemy

As the Egyptian military prepared to stage a coup on July 3, 2013, I happened to be just across the Mediterranean getting ready for my wedding. My wife-to-be and I were hosting the event in the city of my birth and my wife’s favorite destination, Istanbul. Little did I know …

Announcing my new book, amazing bonuses, and a sneak preview

This post has been 30 years in the making. Ever since I was a wide-eyed child devouring one book after another, I’ve dreamed of writing one of my own. I’m excited to officially announce that my first book, The Democratic Coup d’État, is now available for pre-order. It will be …

Still stuck

As I write this article, I’m sipping tea in Dublin, Ireland, thinking about Irish bathroom faucets. Specifically, I’m pondering their striking similarity to the Electoral College, the inch-pound system, space shuttle engines, and car headlights. More on that jumble of thoughts in a minute. We’re wrapping up a magnificent trip …

America’s Demons and Better Angels

I came to America for all the cliché reasons. As a young boy growing up in Istanbul, America had assumed a dreamlike quality for me, culled from the eclectic set of American television shows selected for translation to Turkish. To me, America was Cousin Larry in Perfect Strangers, who takes …

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