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The Ottoman Empire has long exerted a strong pull on Western minds and hearts. For over 600 years the empire swelled and declined, rising from a dusty fiefdom in the foothills of Anatolia to a power which ruled over the Danube and the Euphrates with the richest court in Europe. But its decline was prodigious, protracted and total.

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A rambling mess

I so wanted to like this book but I found myself unable to follow it. Switching between a chronological and thematic approach doesn't really work; the historical side is too sparse and further reading is required to fill in the gaps.

I thought it was maybe that it was not suitable as an audio book so I bought the Kindle edition as well. When I started reading that I realised that the experience was even worse as its flaws could not be blamed on a failure in my concentration.

It presents itself as an introductory survey but it fails in this aim.

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A trifle chaotic but full of insights.

I don't think I'd pass an exam after hearing this, but it was very interesting just the same.

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  • Cihan Yildiz
  • 04-05-18

Incredible

I love it incredible way of writing makes it so easy to see everything in your head