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.
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 1 month 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 11 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 12 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 14 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 18 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.
This is a fascinating history written in a style that makes it highly readable: scholarly yet accessible. It is not merely a list of dates strung together with boring filler. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Meredith Turner Chapman
Charles King's "Odessa" deservedly won the National Jewish Book Award as it is the resurrection of the history of Jews in Odessa; a sad, but invigorating tale of writers,... Read morePublished on February 10, 2013 by Jedrury