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on June 8, 2017
Content with product. Prompt service.
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on November 4, 2016
A fascinating point of view on the Crusades, and one that's needed for balance. This could also be a person's first book on the Crusades-- it is that clear and well written. Amongst many things I learned that both sides used carrier pigeons. Fast, but with enough depth to understand many of the complexities of diplomacy and war at that time.
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on October 24, 2012
Reading this book was quite interesting to say the least. It gave a view of the crusades through eyes other than the Europeans for once and it was refreshing to hear about it from their point of view. However, I did give it four stars because the overall way the book was written was a little confusing and hard to follow. It jumped from place to place and sometimes, time to time, so it made it a little hard to follow. But, otherwise, this book was an amazing one and was quite the interesting read.
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on July 10, 2015
Well written. Ties events from the Crusades to present-day Middle East. Very relevant to this date.
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on February 1, 2014
I hated the title but maybe it gets the reader's attention. Maalouf presents a very balanced account of the Crusades. I found it almost self-affacing and sincere. No polemics here. Rather Mr Maalouf presents the facts from the Arab accounts and critically affaces the Arab world's failure to coalesce in the face of invasion. This is an honest book, fast-paced and should be read with any bio of Saladin for perspective.
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on December 12, 2012
We tend to forget that there are at least 2 sides of a war.
And History only tends to give voice to the winner, not always "the good guys".
If you imagine yourself an arab, caring for your daily life and from nowhere arrive a bunch of strange people dressed in armour under the desert sun and starting to kill in the name of the liberation of the "Holy Land", your land, after centuries there must be something to say, to understand and understand the consequences for the future.
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on March 13, 2013
I try to read any new material I can find on the medieval period in the Mediterranean world and the Crusades in particular. Maalouf does an excellant job at offering sources and material sometimes omitted from other works on the Crusades. He includes this material, but presents it in an objective manner, which is not always the case with works on the Crusades. I highly recommend this book.
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on July 26, 2014
Obligatory reading to understand current events in the Middle East, Amin Maalouf's
"The Crusades Through Arab Eyes" depicts an earlier dislocation caused by the
Crusaders' eruption and its atomizing repercussion on the Levant.
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on February 28, 2016
Excellent read fro breaking down some of the campaigns of the crusades, what worked, what did not, how things might have gone differently. All while providing an excellent account of the details.
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on December 14, 2016
Excellent book! Nice to read history from the OTHER point of view. Highly recommended for those interested in the crusades.
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