1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West
1453 The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West Author:Roger Crowley Now in trade paperback, a gripping exploration of the fall of Constantinople and its connection to the world we live in today The fall of Constantinople in 1453 signaled a shift in history, and the end of the Byzantium Empire. Roger Crowley's readable and comprehensive account of the battle between Mehmed II, sultan of the Ottoman Empire, and Co... more »nstantine XI, the 57th emperor of Byzantium, illuminates the period in history that was a precursor to the current jihad between the West and the Middle East.« less
I found this to be an excellent historical book on the fall of Constantinople. I failed to see the bias towards Muslims that this book had allegedly portrayed-- maybe because I wasn't looking for it. It starts slow, but once you get to the siege, it is a lot more entertaining, for obvious reason. Unfortunately, the book also ends slow, as there is quite a few pages written on the aftermath. Overall, I thought it was a fabulous book worth of anyone's self.
Doug F. (DougFranzen) reviewed 1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West on
Helpful Score: 2
A little tough going at first, but mostly because I am not familiar with 1) the geography of the Middle East (there are 2 maps in the front of the book and I used Google Earth a lot until I got my bearings...) and 2) the time period in which the book was written. I think the author makes a few assumptions about his readers.
However, once I got going, I found it to be a very enjoyable read! The author does a great job piecing a lot of primary source material into a coherent and readable story. In the afterword he discusses some of the variations in the story and admits he chose certain versions to make for a better story - without diluting the main text down by offering up or discussing these variations within the main text.
Overall, a good read. If you're interested in the history of conflict in the Middle East, or military history, or want to learn a little more about the crusades/middle ages/rise of the Ottoman Empire, I'd recommend this book.