"When a man does not know what harbour he is making for, no wind is the right wind."
An Essential Man is the narration of a life struggle... The burden of being a minority in a society, wealth tax and a devastaded family with this. But, no matter what happened a determined young man who never gave up inspite of these difficulties: İshak Alaton.
With this book of Mehmet Gu?ndem we are witnessing İshak Alaton's life struggle, his breaking moments, happiness, his willing of starting over no matter what happened, his infinite willing of learning, the struggles to overcome himself and his intention to leave a mark in life even if it was a small one.
İshak Alaton, who started his business life as communication officer, who then backed to his country as technical artist but could not find a job just because of not having technical certificate and who decided to start his own business, is telling us how he met his partner Üzeyir Garih, how they established today's ALARKO Holding and the struggles they made. Furthermore, he is sharing his modest family life and the relationship with his children.
Behind all this, he is enlightening a period of Turkey. An Essential Man is a success story of a hectic life, full of ups and downs.