Stephen Mansfield, the author, fell in love with a people who trace their roots back to the ancient Medes. These hearty warriors live in the mountains of what is now northern Iraq. They have survived generations of atrocities, including Sadaam Hussein's vicious chemical weapons. Despite their hardships, however, the Kurds are building a modern nation. As Mansfield states, Kurdistan is becoming what America had hoped Iraq would become.
I enjoyed reading the stories of Kurdish hospitality. It is refreshing to know of a mostly Muslim people who welcome Jews, Christians, and religious minorities of all sorts. It was sobering to read of the many times Kurds have faced extermination. The world is fortunate such resilient and determined people of goodwill exist, as the Kurds could show the rest of the Middle East a better path--if only they would take it.
I received a free review copy of The Miracle of the Kurds from Worthy Publishers.