Hans-Lukas Kieser is associate professor in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle in Australia and adjunct professor of history at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. His many books include Nearest East: American Millennialism and Mission to the Middle East, World War I and the End of the Ottomans: From the Balkan Wars to the Armenian Genocide, and Turkey beyond Nationalism.
"His book is invaluable, offering a bigger picture than Akcam's,
both of the events that prefigured the massacres of 1915-1917 and
of the war. The view from Talaat Pasha's desk gives a perspective
that would be hard to beat."---Mark Mazower, New York Review
"Kieser's book has fulfilled a very significant gap in the literature."---Mehmet Polatel, Europe Now
"This brilliant portrait of Talaat Pasha is in a league of its own. . . . This detailed, well-researched account of his life re-establishes Talaat Pasha as a key figure during the first decades of the 20th Century."---Lisa Kaaki, Arab News