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Saladin (Command) Paperback – April 19, 2011
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It's a terrific little book, very appealing. I only wish it was much, much longer and went into much greater depth, explaining the history of the era and the forces that gave rise to Saladin. Highly recommended. It's like eating at an expensive restaurant and being served a delicious, but small, piece of meat. Top quality but leaves you hungry for more. I didn't expect to be able to finish reading the book in one sitting. There is nothing left out of this book, it's thorough and well-written with an extensive bibliography. Tight, concise -- excellent reading. I just wish there was more of it.
I found the book to be extremely well written, well researched and superbly illustrated. What surprise me was the depth of material presented here by the author. After reading this 64 page effort, I felt like I read a full length biography. I think one of the keys to the book's success was the way the author uses the maps. Much like Dr. Forczyk's style, the maps are crammed with information, almost cluttered like but yet readable and easy to follow. Another thing is that the book doesn't get bogged down in too much details although Hattin Campaign of 1187 does get some attention but that was Saladin's finest hour. The book's approach to it subject take a more neutral path, neither a great Muslim paladin or despot who craved for power and rule. He did seem to fight against Muslims as much as he fought against the Crusaders. I do agreed with the previous reviewer, I wish this book was longer in scope. It clear that the author have nailed Saladin's number. This book come highly recommended for anyone who got a casual interest in this subject.
-photo of Jazairat Ibn Umar with no map to show its location and no plan.
-B&W copy of a drawing of Jason the Hero - nothing to do with Saladin
- B&W photo of mace used during the era
-color photo of 12th century jar showing men dancing.
-color photo of interior of a reception hall from era of Saladin
-B&W photo of interior of Roman temple where Saladin played as a child.
-B&W photo of hunting scene
-B&W photo of harness showing a horseman
-B&W photo of charred 12th century wooden plaque showing a warrior
-B&W photo of tomb of Rashid al-Din SInan
-B&W photo of towns people in what used to be a town with a citadel
There are about another 35 illustrations like the above that add absolutely nothing to the topic of this book.Read more ›