The Original Young Turk

Stories and Life Lessons from an American Dream Come True

by Dogan Uygur



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/21/2020

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 246
ISBN : 9781480886599
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 246
ISBN : 9781480886605
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 246
ISBN : 9781480886582

About the Book

Born in 1937 in the wake of the Turkish War of Independence, Dogan Uygur grew up in a virtually unknown agricultural town in southern Turkey. Although he was loved and supported by his community and family, Uygur yearned for more than the fields of Kilis and the backbreaking work of a poor subsistence farmer. He dreamed of escaping the dreary routines, lack of social mobility, and violent run-ins with Syrian soldiers to live a life of his choosing.

While recounting his experiences of how his dream came true through perseverance, education, and an unbending work ethic, Uygur also shares advice that guides others to attain their own versions of success by pursuing education, taking risks and seizing opportunities, overcoming failure, questioning deep-held assumptions, and maintaining a progressive, positive attitude. Throughout his memoir, Uygur provides inspiration through his personal stories of triumph, academic achievements in two countries, and determination to return to his homeland to help bolster its burgeoning manufacturing industry, only to be forced out amid political strife and social upheaval.

The Original Young Turk shares a true immigrant story that proves, no matter what our obstacles are in life, success is possible through persistence, gumption, and help from others.

About the Author

Dogan Uygur is an engineer, entrepreneur, and writer. Born and raised in southern Turkey, he attended college in Istanbul before moving to the US for graduate school in 1961. He has started and run businesses both in Turkey and America, including Enternasyonal Makina Sanayi, a company that was at the forefront of Turkish machine manufacturing during the 1970s. After escaping political upheaval in Turkey in 1978, he returned to the US, where he worked in commercial real estate for nearly thirty years. Today, he lives in Freehold, New Jersey, with his wife, Nukhet.