Andrew Mango

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Andrew Mango
Mango in 2009 at a conference in Ankara, Turkey
Mango in 2009 at a conference in Ankara, Turkey
Born 14 June 1926
Istanbul, Turkey
Died 6 July 2014(2014-07-06) (aged 88)
London, United Kingdom
Occupation Author
Language English, Turkish
Nationality British

Andrew James Alexander Mango (14 June 1926 – 6 July 2014) was a British author who was born in Turkey as one of three sons of a prosperous Anglo-Russian family. He was the brother of the distinguished Oxford historian and Byzantinist Professor Cyril Mango. Mango's early years were passed in Istanbul; in the mid-1940s, he left for Ankara and obtained a job as a press officer in the British Embassy. He moved to the United Kingdom in 1947 and lived in London until his death. He held degrees from the University of London, including a doctorate on Persian literature. He joined the BBC's Turkish section while still a student and, spent his entire career in the External Services, rising to be Turkish Programme Organiser and then Head of the South European Service. He retired in 1986.[1] Mango died at the age of 88 on 6 July 2014. His death was announced by Richard Moore, the British Ambassador to Turkey.[1][2]

Writings on Turkey and Atatürk[edit]

Mango spent five years working on the biography of Atatürk, using Turkish printed sources though not archival material.[citation needed] It has been claimed that his biography of Kemal Atatürk constitutes the definitive account among many other works and "reveals the long suppressed darker aspects of its subject, showing us a far more complex personality than we had seen before."[3]


  • From the Sultan to Atatürk - Turkey, (2009)
  • Turkey and the War on Terrorism, (2005)
  • The Turks Today, (2004)
  • Atatürk: The Biography of the Founder of Modern Turkey, (1999)
  • Turkey: The Challenge of a New Role, (1994)
  • Discovering Turkey, 1971
  • Turkey, 1968


  1. ^ a b "Atatürk biographer Andrew Mango dies". 7 July 2014.
  2. ^ Prominent scholar on Turkey Andrew Mango dies Archived July 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Atatürk’s creation by David Fromkin Archived November 14, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.; note: article requires registration/purchase.