The Enemy at the Gate

  • by Andrew Wheatcroft
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
  • 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1683, an Ottoman army that stretched from horizon to horizon set out to seize the "Golden Apple", as Turks referred to Vienna. The ensuing siege pitted battle-hardened Janissaries wielding 17th-century grenades against Habsburg armies, widely feared for their savagery. The walls of Vienna bristled with guns as the besieging Ottoman host launched bombs, fired cannons, and showered the populace with arrows during the battle for Christianity's bulwark. Each side was sustained by the hatred of its age-old enemy, certain that victory would be won by the grace of God. The Great Siege of Vienna is the centerpiece for historian Andrew Wheatcroft's richly drawn portrait of the centuries-long rivalry between the Ottoman and Habsburg empires for control of the European continent. A gripping work by a master historian, The Enemy at the Gate offers a timely examination of an epic clash of civilizations.


What the Critics Say

"This is not a work of popular history for the casual reader, but scholars and students of history would benefit greatly from this well-researched account of 17th-century Ottoman-Hapsburg political power." (School Library Journal)
"Wheatcroft offers an outstanding blow-by-blow description of the siege, which in the end was decided through a combination of luck and several critical Ottoman blunders." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Sad that history has become so politicaly correct

The author starts off by saying well we can ignore the Clash of Civilations analysis of the Habsburgs, Ottoman conflict, and why is that? Much of the book seemed to be nothing more than a politcially correct attempt to white wash the well deserved fear that the Ottomas created in the west.
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- Anna

Excellent work

1683: The long clash between the Austrian Hapsburg Holy Roman Empire and the Turkish Ottoman Empire comes to a head outside of Vienna, as the Turks and their allies attempt to capture the city for the second time.

This book chronicles the events leading up to the bloody confrontation, as well as the details of the campaigns that followed.

The author lays out the events in an extremely unbias, academic, format and does not "whitewash" any event within. The narrative is excellent, this is easily the best account of this era that I have read.
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- Shaun

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-30-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios