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Guide to Turkey for History Travellers (Guides for History Travellers Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Bob Fowke
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Book Description

‘Great for both kids and adults.’ Sunday Times Travel Magazine on Spain, the first book in this series - Turkey is even better.

‘This thoroughly readable resource is the ideal entry point - for young - (or old) minds.’ Everything France (on France)

‘Littered with amausing cartoons, recommendations on where to go and maps to help the readers get their bearings.’
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A rough guide to the history of Turkey with maps and tourist tips, for those who want to be well informed but don’t want to take too long over it. More fun than the brief histories at the front of most popular guide books and much shorter than most standard histories, it can be read on the flight or ferry over. Turkish and pre-Turkish history unwinds across the pages in an easy-to-read narrative from the remote past and right up to the present day. There are cartoons, maps and eyewitness tips on where to go, and there's a simple timeline at the back and a list of rulers with their dates.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1173 KB
  • Print Length: 132 pages
  • Publisher: YouCaxton Publications (11 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008KNMTT4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #206,011 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full Turkey 4 Jan. 2013
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This is an engrossing and well paced account of the country we now know as Turkey. For any visitor it is a must - for this brief but fully informative account of the complex history and culture of Asia Minor/The Ottoman Empire/ or modern day Turkey - cleverly outlines the wonderful range of characters that formed this enchanting land. I have walked the Theodosian Walls, and explored the Topkapi Palace - taken the ferry to modern Uskadur - been overwhelmed by the Aya Sofia. Bob Fowkes book captures the magic and explains how it all happened. His command of detail which serves the bigger picture is impressive, but never slows the pace of this extraordinary story.

To visit Turkey without reading or taking this book with you - unless you are a specialist already - would be a missed opportunity. For Bob Fowke condenses the history and culture into accessible summaries of all emperors and sultans. Even if you are deeply versed in Turkish history, his date timelines are an easy reminder of the main epochs and characters.

I could not recommned this highly readable and witty book more highly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Bob Fowke's latest ebook in his series of travel guides come historical overviews and introductions to countries that are all well travelled by himself, Guide to Turkey for History Travellers, is as entertaining and informative as his other guides to Spain, France and Greece continue to be. As with his previous works in this field, his urbane wit and lively cast of mind have one gasping at the unusual one moment to laughing out loud the next, so, whatever you do, do not expect this to be a quiet ride.

Fowke's background, as both an award-winning author and an extremely popular illustrator, has placed him in a position to travel internationally, allowing him to develop close firsthand knowledge of the countries that he explores across both time and space. His lack of pretentiousness and essential modesty, as well as his versatility as a master of both the word and the visual media, are core to his writing. His consistent striving to make what some others might find esoteric or unnecessarily convoluted accessible and tempting draw his audience in.

There is an essential air of trustworthiness about Fowke's writing―we know that we are not about to be taken in by his glamorisation of the unsavory, and that what he omits for sake of brevity is not as key and core to our coming to the understanding of the lands and cultures that he explores as are the facts that he does include. Selective as his guides might be, we definitely do not feel cheated of any of the rich tapestry that go to make up the composite picture of those that he describes. Rather, he tempts us to want to find out more, and in no way jades our palate for more extensive texts than his.

However, his guides have a definite role to play in opening up the Mediterranean lands that he so joyfully explores.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent visitors guide and history of Turkey! 1 Mar. 2013
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This is a very informative visitors guide and history of Turkey. Well organised and with humour sprinkled throughout makes "Guide to Turkey for History Travellers" a most engrossing read! I've made several visits to Turkey in recent years and learned much from this book. One of the best travellers guides I've had the pleasure to read and I would certainly recommend it if like me you want to gain a sense of history of places you visit!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rather Good 30 Mar. 2013
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There are so few short history guides for Tukey. This one was rather good. It's not too long and gives a really good overview of the history of the country right from the begining up to modern times. it is loaded with a lot of interesting facts and stories about the country and i would recommend it to anyone going to Turkey for a visit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read 27 Jan. 2015
By lammy
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I bought this book to read on my Kindle because I enjoy medieval and ancient history and because it is my intention to tourTurkey this year. I have found it to be extremely helpful and informative both from an historical aspect and, more importantly, as a traveller. The author has taken time to provide tips, maps and clear comprehensive information on many of the towns, cities and historic places a tourist would encounter whilst there. I have no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone wanting to travel to Turkey or to learn of it's history.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Kids book 23 May 2014
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Maybe it is because I did not read the details when I bought this but I did not expect a book that looks like it is for kids.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great read 17 Mar. 2014
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A hilarious romp through three thousand years of Turkish history yet a very good introduction. It is quick and easy to read
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to read. Depends what you are looking for ...
Difficult to read. Depends what you are looking for! I was looking fo a light guide to the history of Turkey. This is value for money if you require a full history, not a guide.
Published 3 months ago by eileen clayton
3.0 out of 5 stars but easy to read and enough to get by on for ...
a bit superficial and jokey, rather than in-depth history, but easy to read and enough to get by on for a short trip. Nobody wants to mention the Armenians!
Published 6 months ago by Frances
4.0 out of 5 stars good read for visiting Turkey
Very good well written but summarised history, if you are visiting Turkey.
Map diagrams could be better though.
Helpful in putting history to tourist places.
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. Neelam Dugar
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good. Read a lot of bigger books but this ...
Really good. Read a lot of bigger books but this one is an excellent summary .
Published 9 months ago by Mr. G. Tempest
3.0 out of 5 stars good
the service and product were good that's all I want to say but this box needs twenty or more words
Published 16 months ago by Mr M J Little
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick informative guide
I bought this as I visit Turkey a lot, we have an apartment there and I am keen to find out more information about he country and the culture. This book didn't disappoint. Read more
Published 21 months ago by LinMac
4.0 out of 5 stars A easy guide for anyone visiting Istanbul and other historic sights...
I read the first half on the flight to Turkey and the rest on the coach as we toured, informal and informative.............and we loved the country too.
Published on 30 April 2013 by ursula lycett
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