Celayirs, diary of an immigrant family

Miami Beach: author, 1997. 670p., numerous (even too many) inserted color snapshot illustrations, also b&w period photographs reproduced with great fidelity, and a few documents in facsimile; black buckram boards titled gilt, 1/25cc (per text), mildest edgewear.

About a third of the text is family history cum genealogy cum history of Turkey. Another third, what he, an immigrant and an intellectual tough guy in early prime, thinks about things.
Much of the rest is personal stories, the ones that admit of being printed in a "family" book. There appear to be lacunae; not least what sort of guidance brought him to positions of power. There are also stories told that depend on unselfconsciousness and vanity, selah.
Pre-ENRON, Celayir was advisor to US utilities companies, several in Texas. He advised Saudi Arabia on more than several billion-dollar petrochemical, financial, and organizational projects. After being set up and compromised by the CIA (an agent pretended to demand Saudi secrets, Celayir lost his head, tried to hide this from his Saudi hosts, believe it or not, Spiro Agnew does a walk-on here) he repatriates, works for SRI in Menlo Park, makes a bundle on astrology software (he learned something useful by disputing Gauquelin's "scientific proofs" for astrology), then "left to pursue a freelance lifestyle," and thereafter was "employed as an instructor by various universities" and (easy to miss this detail) the US Navy.
What's going on?--not much, he's just a type that doesn't normally venture onto the screen except as movie caracature.
--the Armenian genocide was just a Turkish military response to provocation;
--defends himself expertly in a knife-fight outside a French Guiana whorehouse (no mention of where he got the training);
--on the "home" front, Ralph Nader was the "untrustworthy" candidate in 1996;
--gets access to classified government documents, p.666; requests documents from FBI (on serial killers), they volunteer 2,000p;
--a good grab-bag of personal history, not least because there's plenty of agonizing about love affairs, marriage, beaucoup snapshots of old girlfriends.

Cat.No: 69458

Price: $200.00