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'Well-researched and highly readable.' Guardian 'A useful and important analysis adding much to existing western histories - worth recommending to George Bush.' London Review of Books 'Maalouf tells an inspiring story ... very readable ... warmly recommended.' Times Literary Supplement 'A wide readership should enjoy this vivid narrative of stirring events.' The Bookseller 'Very well done indeed ... Should be put in the hands of anyone who asks what lies behind the Middle East's present conflicts.' Middle East International
Amin Maalouf was formerly director of the leading Beirut daily an-Nahar, and the editor of Jeune Afrique. His published works in English translation include Leo the African, Samarkand and Balthasar's Odyssey. He lives in Paris.
Translated from the French, this book forgives no-one but does seek to set the record straight re The Crusades and the angst that we here in the west inherited as a result of our... Read morePublished 8 months ago by DDolsen
Some reviewers criticize this book as not being objective but it was never meant to be. This book is an attempt to approach the crusades from an Arab perspective by relying on Arab... Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2003
Not a bad book, that paints muslims colourfully as a poor little people constantly crushed by evil christians. It starts in 1099 with first crusade. Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2003 by Vavra Daniel
Having read several books about the crusades, I think this one is pretty much objective although viewed from a different viewpoint than the one westerners have been used to. Read morePublished on May 12 2003 by Bertrand Mueller
Finally, someone with the courage and knowledge was brave enough to illuminate readers about a much misunderstood and little debated period. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2003
When trying to understand the crusades we must distinguish between the geopolitical situation the west was responding to and the resourses and manpower available to it. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2003
For the most part, I enjoyed this look at the Crusades from the Arab perspective. It was balanced, in that while the heroes were clearly the Muslims and the "bad buys" were the... Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2002 by Tanja L. Walker