The Burning Tigris; The Armenian Genocide and America's Response
New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2003. First Edition [Stated], First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. xx, 475,  pages. Illustrations. Map. Notes. Glossary. Selected Bibliography. Index. Black mark on bottom edge. Peter Balakian (born June 13, 1951) is an Armenian American poet, writer and academic, the Rebar Professor of Humanities at Colgate University. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2016. The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response received the 2005 Raphael Lemkin Prize and was a New York Times Notable Book and national best seller. The author offers a landmark history of the Armenian massacres of the 1890's and the genocide of 1915 at the hands of the Ottoman Turks, and America's extraordinary response. The Turkish government implemented the first modern genocide behind the cover of World War I. In the United States, many people came together to try to save the Armenians. Courageous missionaries, diplomats, and relief workers recorded their eyewitness accounts and often risked their lives in the killing fields of Armenia. Derived from a Kirkus review: An eloquent account of Turkey’s long campaign to rid itself of Armenians—and far longer campaign to disavow any responsibility for crimes against humanity. During the 1890s, Sultan Abdul Hamid II launched a campaign of extermination against Armenia’s Christians, killing about 200,000 in a two-year period. This crime was unprovoked, and it outraged the world; in the US, millions of dollars were raised for Armenian relief. The rise of the Young Turks brought further troubles for the Armenians, for the Ataturk regime championed Turkish nationalism. This time the death toll was far higher; Balakian estimates that between 1.2 and 1.3 million Armenians were killed in the years between 1915 and 1922, though some historians put the figure at 1.5 million. Again, writes Balakian, American sentiment was with the Armenians, many survivors among whom emigrated to the US. But in the years since, despite the Turkish government’s crimes against its people, the Armenian genocide has been gone unacknowledged. Thoroughly convincing—and one more reason for the governments of the West, including the Clinton administration, to be ashamed. Condition: Very good / Very good.
Keywords: Abdul Hamid, Censorship, Dashnak, Deportations, Henry Morgenthau, Ottoman Empire, American Red Cross, Turkey, Armenian Genocide, Clara Barton, Isabel Barrows, Alice Stone Blackwell, Consular Reports, Hamidian Massacres, Human Rights, Jews, Ataturk, T