The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's Response

The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's Response

by Peter Balakian

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Overview

A History of International Human Rights and Forgotten Heroes

In this national bestseller, the critically acclaimed author Peter Balakian brings us a riveting narrative of the massacres of the Armenians in the 1890s and of the Armenian Genocide in 1915 at the hands of the Ottoman Turks. Using rarely seen archival documents and remarkable first-person accounts, Balakian presents the chilling history of how the Turkish government implemented the first modern genocide behind the cover of World War I. And in the telling, he resurrects an extraordinary lost chapter of American history.

Awarded the Raphael Lemkin Prize for the best scholarly book on genocide by the Institute for Genocide Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY Graduate Center.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060558703
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/05/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 457,707
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.19(d)
Lexile: 1400L (what's this?)

About the Author

Peter Balakian is the author of Black Dog of Fate, winner of the PEN/Martha Albrand Prize for Memoir and a New York Times Notable Book, and June-tree: New and Selected Poems 1974–2000. He is the recipient of many awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship. He holds a Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University and teaches at Colgate University, where he is a Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities.

What People are Saying About This

Deborah E. Lipstadt

“Peter Balakian tells the powerful and largely unknown story of [Armenian Genocide]. This important and compelling book is long overdue.”

Martin Gilbert

The terrible fate of the Armenians... is brilliantly described. A great service to the history of the Armenians.”

Paul Fussell

“A gripping treatment of the official Turkish mass murder...a masterpiece of moral history...it needs to be widely read.”

Jean Bethke Elshtain

“Balakian tells a story long ripe for the telling.... He writes with grace and power.”

James Carroll

“The Burning Tigris is an act of acute historical memory, of personal testimony, of prophetic witness - and of high art.”

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