They are the largest people group in the world without a homeland of their own. Despised and persecuted the world over, they even call themselves “the people without a friend.” Saddam Hussein tried to wipe them from the face of the earth, killing several hundred thousand of them in the attempt. Their sufferings have become legend.
They are the Kurds, descendants of the ancient Medes best known today from the pages of the Bible–inhabitants of what the world now calls Northern Iraq.
Yet today the Kurds are rebuilding so brilliantly from war and oppression that even their enemies call it “a miracle.” Six star hotels stand where bombs once fell, shopping malls and gleaming schools rise where massacres once occurred. National Geographic and CondeNast have listed modern “Kurdistan” as a “must-see” tourist destination.
Stephen Mansfield is a New York Times bestselling author and a popular speaker who coaches leaders worldwide.
He first rose to global attention with his groundbreaking book “The Faith of George W. Bush,” an enormous bestseller that Time magazine credited with shaping the 2004 U.S. presidential election. The book was also a source for Oliver Stone’s award-winning film “W.” Mansfield’s “The Faith of Barack Obama” was another international bestseller. He has written celebrated biographies of Booker T. Washington, George Whitefield, Winston Churchill, Pope Benedict XVI and Abraham Lincoln, among others. Publishers Weekly has described his book, Killing Jesus, as “masterful.” His recent “Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men” has inspired men’s events around the world.
Stephen speaks widely about men, leadership, the power of heritage, and the forces that shape modern culture. He is also an in-demand leadership coach whose firm, The Mansfield Group, offices in Washington D.C. just three blocks from the White House.
Mansfield lives in Nashville and Washington, D.C. with his wife Beverly, an award-winning songwriter and producer.
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