It’s been a strangely prolific week publishing-wise. Literally within a few days of each other, I held in my hands two new books with my name on it.
As you might gather from their cover, they couldn’t be more different.
The first is a book that lays out my ideas on globalization and its future, in what I hope is an accessible form. It took a long time to write, and an even longer time to develop. It won’t be available in the bookstores until February.
The second, written with my wife Pinar Dogan, is in Turkish and covers the most important political trial in Turkey in at least five decades, which has just opened. It is based on our blog on the topic, and was written within weeks. Amazingly, the publisher had it in bookstores within 10 days of receiving the final manuscript. (Not to be outdone, Norton, my American publisher, tells me that if necessary they can get a book from finished manuscript to bookstores in 6 days!)
The Globalization Paradox is a book on economic policy and on economic ideas. It is, in a sense, my life’s work.
Balyoz is a legal and political exposé. It details a brazen effort to frame nearly 200 officers for crimes they have not committed. It documents the roles that groups within the judiciary, police, media, intelligentsia, the national science and technological institute, and (last but not least), the AKP government have played in creating what can best be called an “alternative reality.” (Balyoz means “sledgehammer” in Turkish; it refers to the code name of the fictional coup plot on which the book is based.) This is a book I never thought I would (have to) write.
Both books aim to inject a dose of common sense and reality – the first to our narrative on globalization, the second to Turkey’s increasingly authoritarian politics.