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great for history buffs, not for casual readers. based off of Suleiman's personal laconic diary, court records and historians notes, Harold lamb weaves a detailed record of events from Suleimans coronation to the domination of the Mediterranean to his turbulent family life. beautiful, I recommend it.
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Much of the history most Americans learn is filtered through the lens of western civilization. This is a look at the family responsible for the founding of the Ottoman Empire. The history is focused mostly on the life of Suleiman and his interactions and not at all an integrated history. Nevertheless I enjoyed the non-western perspective of the Ottomans.
I just re-listened to this book after stumbling upon the Turkish TV series about Suleiman.
It was well worth the re-listen.
The narration is clear, but a bit slow and mono-tonal.
I also really liked another non-western history Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World.
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