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I really tried to like it, and doggedly kept reading, but I just couldn't get into it.
At first, I was very impressed and enjoyed the narrative very much despite some confusing sections and digressions that were perhaps too detailed.
Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire, and the Birth of Europe For non-specialists this book is a very hard read.
To write an innovative and informative history book and be loved by other historians can be an impossible goal. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matthew J. Brennan
Well written and obviously well researched, the result is less than satisfying. The author takes too many digressions; delving into minutiae to the detriment of the story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anthony J Mancuso
My stars. What a book. Rosen is a polymath whose history is concise, observations are original and who makes one sense the reality of life at a critical time in human history. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DUSA
This book gives a lot of food for the thoughts of "What If."
What if the Eastern Roman Empire had not been hot by plague. Read more
Too wordy. The kernel of the matter required abt 10 pp and not an entire book. However, if you are a complete novice to the early medieval ages and to global epidemics, then it's... Read morePublished 2 months ago by unsworthyeti
This book is the most egregious case of false advertising I've seen in a good long while. In 324 pages purporting to be about "the first great plague and the end of the Roman... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael Boudreau
William Rosen writes history they way it should be written, well digested information and a clear narrative. Have just finished Justiniian's Flea and The Third Horseman. Read morePublished 4 months ago by sddorrance
Good history lesson. Tied together much of what I learned in bits and pieces in my seminary training. Helped to make sense of thingsPublished 4 months ago by Patricia Frick