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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
No Country to Call Home: My Journey with 44 Million by Wali Kanani is a non-fiction book on the history of the Kurdish people. No Country to Call Home is a historical account of the Kurds since ancient times and starts with a brief introduction by Wali, describing the scope and the aims of this book. The book is then neatly organized into section such as who are the Kurds as a people, the history of “Kurdistan” as a nation, historically and geographically, the customs and traditions of the people, the different areas and provinces that constitute Kurdistan, and the history of its people in those areas in peace times as well as during wars and conflicts, contemporary perspectives towards the Kurds and the formation of a Kurdish state, the politics of the region, and much more. Also included in the book are numerous photos and pictures that show not only the effects and ravages of recent wars, but also the culture, history, and customs of these people.
No Country to Call Home is a very interesting book and gave me such an in-depth look at the Kurdish people as a whole. The book offers a great historical perspective, important from both a political as well as a social and national point of view. Given the unstable state of the world, and the Middle East in particular, it is especially important to understand the people that constitute a large chunk of the population in these areas among others. The writing style is engaging and never felt dry or simply a narrative. Instead, Wali has managed to bring it to life and truly show the spirit and culture of the Kurds and their struggle for a homeland. This is definitely a book that I would recommend reading.