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Istanbul by Thomas F. Madden


  • Paperback $20.00

    Nov 07, 2017 | 400 Pages

  • Hardcover $32.00

    Nov 22, 2016 | 400 Pages

  • Ebook $16.99

    Nov 22, 2016 | 400 Pages

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“A natural teacher, Madden packs most of the city’s past into a short, readable volume in which each era is brought alive by punchy anecdotes with vivid sketches of people and locations.”—The Economist’s 1843 magazine

“As the songwriter wrote, you can’t go back to Constantinople—or for that matter, Byzantium. But you can find out how and why the same city survived so many drastic changes over more than two millennia. In a major ‘biography’ of a city at the center of the world, Madden documents the history of the place that has been home to Greeks and Ottomans, Muslims and Jews, the ancient world and the society of the future.”—Time

“Vivid… Madden’s insights into Istanbul’s religious and political history reminds us that world politics is rife with complex questions: Who came first? Who built enduring cities? Who survived? Who vanished? And where do we go from here?”—Booklist

“Astonishing…. An illuminating journey through the history and culture of the metropolis that ‘still towers over all other cities in Europe and the Middle East.'”—Kirkus Reviews 

“No place has had a better claim than Istanbul to being the historical center of our planet—capital to multiple empires, a focal point of Christianity and Islam, and now a global transport and commercial hub. Writing with verve and sympathy, Thomas F. Madden weaves scholarship, travel, and literature into a compelling narrative of crushing loss and unexpected renewal.”—Charles King, author of Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul

“There may be other cities as majestic and rich in history as Istanbul, but few have been blessed with such a chronicler. Istanbul takes us on a wild ride through a landscape populated by explorers, lascivious empresses, popes, crusaders, conquerors, and sultans. It’s almost as much fun as actually visiting.”—Stephen Kinzer, author of Crescent and Star: Turkey between two worlds

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