W.W. Norton & Company publishers, New York; hardbound with mustard and black boards and gilt lettering on cover and spine; "First Edition" stated; book in very good condition with clean pages and tight binding - appears unread; dust jacket good with only slight bend at top; black and white phots; see pics.
"When the Ottoman Empire collapsed, so many spies mingled in the lobby of Istanbul's legendary grand hotel, the Pera Palace, that the manager posted a sign politely requesting such "visitors" to relinquish seats to paying guests.
As a multi-ethnic empire transformed itself into a "Turkish" nation, Istanbul improvised. White Russian refugees sold family heirlooms on the sidewalk; an African-American impresario founded a jazsz club; a Greek emigre songbird created a plaintive new sound; and a Boston professor unveiled the long-hidden treasures of the Hagia Sophia..."
Charles King (born 1967) is Professor of International Affairs and Government at Georgetown University, where he previously served as Chairman of the Faculty of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.
He is the author of multiple books, including Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams (W. W. Norton, 2011), Extreme Politics: Nationalism, Violence, and the End of Eastern Europe (Oxford University Press, 2010), The Ghost of Freedom: A History of the Caucasus (Oxford University Press, 2008), The Black Sea: A History (Oxford University Press, 2004) and The Moldovans: Romania, Russia, and the Politics of Culture (Hoover Institution Press, 2000), as well as articles and essays in World Politics, International Security, Slavic Review, Foreign Affairs, and other academic and popular publications. King's book, Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul (W.W. Norton, 2014) received a highly positive review by Jason Goodwin in the New York Times Book Review.
King teaches courses in comparative politics, East European studies, and international affairs and is a three-time recipient of teaching awards from Georgetown University.