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I read this book in 5 days over vacation and could not put it down.
The Siege of Malta and the Battle of Lepanto were great stories, but they were just two conflagrations of the complex geopolitics of the 16th century Mediterranean.
Crowley's writing style lends itself well to narration and the reader does a good job narrating the text.
This is a well-written book which provides a fast-moving account of the described events. Occurrences are clearly described without overwhelming one with minutiae. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Matthew L
I have not finished the book yet. However, what I've read so far gives an excellent account on the critical defense of Malta. Read morePublished 4 days ago by James M. Nolan
I knew nothing of this part of history before reading this book. It was very informative and the story line kept moving, which held my attention.Published 22 days ago by Eric S
Well-paced, informative and relevant to understanding the contemporary conflict between Western and Middle-Eastern values and world views. Read morePublished 27 days ago by cynthia goldstein
In substance, this is a continuation of Crowley’s first work on the Ottoman Empire entitled ‘1453 – The Holy Way and Clash for Constantinople. Read morePublished 1 month ago by HappyDaze11
history books can be dull though interesting.
narrative drive here is usual only in fictionalized versions. war then was really Hell.
Very interesting. A many-layered slice of a century regarding which I knew very little. Engaging. Entertaining. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Searfoorce
A terrific, in-depth look at the conflict in the Mediterranean between the Hapsburgs and the Ottomans in the 16th century, focusing on the sieges of Rhodes, of Malta, and the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bruce Hilton
The problem with reading history is that the intervening decades or centuries can isolate the reader from the immediacy of the events. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carefree in Tennessee