This book provides an observation of the Turkish army from the inside. The Turkish army, consisting 800,000 men, is accorded a very privileged status and public criticism of it is virtually prohibited. The author, a Turkish journalist, was given permission to live with Turkish officers to prepare this book in which he shows how the army is organized, how officers are trained and how strategy is planned.
Part 1 The making of an officer: birth of a commander; the attraction of a military career; a total change; shirts of steel - the military academy; "You are an officer. You are superior"; the principles of Ataturk; politics and political parties; does their training prepare officers for intervention?; isolation from the civilian world. Part 2 THe commander in the field: "At your command, Sir!"; the rise of a commander; the commander's fringe benefits; staff officers; the gendarmerie; what lies ahead for the colonel; the world of the genrals; retirement - death of a soldier. Appendix: how the machine works.