I will have to check this book out. I taught English in Istanbul from 2000–2002. Incredible country with amazing people.
But it was a strange time to be in the region, with 9/11. It was about the time I was getting ready to leave that I started seeing the AK party flags go up everywhere. I think they were white, with a light bulb on them. I might have that wrong. I thought then that Turkey was in trouble. Economically and culturally (hesitant to use that word, it is fraught with perilous assumptions and generalizations) it seemed divided. There was the western part of Turkey and everything else.
I was happy to see years later that Turkey appeared to be booming, only to see even later the danger signs of excessive political power.