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I think you will enjoy reading this remarkable book, albeit filled with tragedy.
The story is of a city that arose to become one of the great diverse and culturally productive cities in Russia - Odessa.
This is a fascinating history written in a style that makes it highly readable: scholarly yet accessible.
I read anything Charles King writes, and then a year or two later, usually reread it. I have long been interested in Odessa, and with the recent Russian annexation of Crimea,... Read morePublished 22 days ago by lyndonbrecht
Much as I admire the work of Jan Morris, I can't agree with her assessment of this book reprinted on the cover. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Douman
The book was a quick and easy read but chock full of history and wonderful anecdotes about Richelieu, John Paul Jones and Potemkin. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Irma Gurman
I think i'd probably want to eventually read everything Charles King has written. interesting subject matter, not at all a dry read! Read morePublished 13 months ago by jo
I've been to Odessa a few times and this book gives me a greater appreciation for the history and people of this city. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ed Leboeuf
My parents we're originally from this city, so I was really excited when I found this book. While it is very informative about the city's early history including the 19th century... Read morePublished 15 months ago by marat asnes
Who managed to mention "all" the nationalities and "freedom", yet said not a word about Ukrainians. And this, writing about a Ukrainian city! For shame, how it even got published. Read morePublished 19 months ago by seek
Reading "Odessa" is reminiscent of the decisions by President Thomas Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase; sending explorers to survey the new land and envision its possibilities. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Bruce E. McLeod Jr.