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Istanbul by Thomas F. Madden
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Nov 07, 2017 | ISBN 9780143129691

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Praise for Istabul
 
“A wonderfully vivid and clear account . . . [Madden is] a skilled narrator, negotiating the twists and turns in the city’s destiny.”
The Economist
 
“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

“Condensing Istanbul’s history in a single volume is a daunting challenge; the book is a great success, and one with no lack of drama. . . . Even the careless reader will be much enlightened by the book, as good an introduction to Istanbul and its splendors as one could hope to have.”
National Review
 
“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

“A comprehensive and illuminating account of this remarkable city . . . brought together ‘into one enjoyable and clear narrative.’ There’s a great deal to gain from reading this book.” 
PopMatters
 
“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 

“[A] fast-paced account of Europe’s largest city . . . Madden succinctly captures the city’s often key role in global political and religious history.”
Publishers Weekly
 
“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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