Paradise Lost and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
Trade in your item
Get a £6.00
Gift Card.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Paradise Lost: Smyrna 1922 - The Destruction of Islam's City of Tolerance Paperback – 28 May 2009


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£188.33 £12.44


Trade In this Item for up to £6.00
Trade in Paradise Lost: Smyrna 1922 - The Destruction of Islam's City of Tolerance for an Amazon Gift Card of up to £6.00, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Product details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre (28 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034083787X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340837870
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

Giles Milton . . . has crafted an inspiration for those of us who believe that history can be exciting and entertaining (The Times)

Giles Milton's brilliant re-creation of the last days of Smyrna (Sunday Times)

Giles Milton's powerful narrative of the ensuing humanitarian catastrophe is compelling . . . incidents of heroism among the carnage, give this tale of ethnic cleansing a rare immediacy. (Telegraph)

Engrossing . . . Milton's book celebrates the heroism of individuals who put lives before ideologies (Independent)

The sack of that famously cosmopolitan city . . . makes a compelling story. It is also a strikingly neglected one . . . Milton's considerable achievement is to deliver with characteristic clarity and colour this complex epic narrative . . . Milton brings commendable impartiality to his thoroughly researched book . . . PARADISE LOST proves a timely examination of a defining moment in the history of ethnic and religious conflict (Sunday Telegraph)

PARADISE LOST is a timely reminder of the appalling cost of expansionist political ambitions; it tells a fascinating story with clarity and insight (Economist)

PARADISE LOST is essential reading for anyone who cares about the past - and present - of today's Europe, indeed of civilisation itself (Adam LeBor, Literary Review)

Giles Milton . . . has written his best book to date (Scotland on Sunday)

[Milton is] a master of historical narrative (The Sunday Times)

Milton has a terrific eye for the kind of detail that can bring the past vividly to life off the page . . . restores an exotic lustre (Spectator)

Milton is a great storyteller . . . he conjures mood from dry parchment (Express on Sunday)

Milton has written a grimly memorable book (William Dalrymple, Sunday Times)

Book Description

A powerful tale of destruction, heroism and survival by the bestselling author of NATHANIEL'S NUTMEG.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

73 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Mark Meynell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
Every war has its unintended consequences, and the First World War was no exception. Perhaps its greatest aftershock was the collapse of the centuries-old Ottoman Empire, a fact that perfectly illustrates the complexities of a war that had been sparked by a political assassination in Bosnia and the aggression of Germany's Kaiser Bill. After years of the relatively quiet co-existence of different ethnic and religious groups, the new Turkish republic was carved out in the flames of terrible ethnic tension and indeed cleansing. No city represented the agony of this process more than Smyrna (modern Izmir). Smyrna had been the grandest of cities - huge, ancient, fabulously wealthy with department stores and opera houses, idyllic landscapes and above all, great diversity.

Giles Milton has written a well-crafted, multi-layered account of its fall in 1922. This involved painstaking research on the day-to-day events surrounding its destruction that terrible September - but without the wider national and international perspective, this would have remained simply a remote if chilling episode in increasingly distant history.

But Smyrna's fall was a crucial moment for so many reasons:

- it explains or illustrates so many of the geopolitical tensions that exist today: between Greeks and Turks (especially in Cyprus); within former Yugoslavia; the debates about Turkey joining the EU. Atrocities and follies were not isolated to one side or another - Greeks invaded Asia Minor in vain pursuit of the "Megali Idea" (the big idea). They sought to avenge the centuries of Ottoman suppression of Greek culture in the region by uniting the 1000s of ethnic Greeks with Athens.
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Manly Reading TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Nov. 2010
Format: Paperback
Smyrna 1922 is upsetting to read: there is always a disaster lurking in the background, and when it happens it is horrible indeed. The consequences of war are all too often visited on innocent civilians in the wrong place at the wrong time, and this, the closing chapter of the Ottoman Empire, is no exception.

Giles Milton once again has picked out a little bit of history and expanded a complete story out of it (Nathaniel's Nutmeg is an example of a tiny hinge of fate, for instance). This time around, the focus is on Smyrna (Izmir), once a thriving trade port on the coast of Asia Minor. The Levantines - European expats - ran a mercantile community, employing a large chunk of the local populace. Smyrna was a mixed city, with Greeks, Armenians and Turks, as well as the Europeans, and a thriving American expat community.

All this was lost with the disastrous expedition into Anatolia by the Greek army in 1922. There is an early wrinkle in with the revocation of the concessions - trade relaxations - on which this foreign fortune was built, with this being a source of apparent pride among local Turks, but this merely silent foreshadowing of the disaster to come.

In between, we see Smyrna during WWI under Rahmi Bey, and under Greek annexation in 1919. Through all this there is a "ancien regime" feeling in the air: old power and wealth about to be lost in a sea of blood. As it turns out, the blood was largely shed by the servants of the Levantines - a point deftly made by Milton - and Smyrna stands a proxy for the genocide of the period, by Greek and Turk alike.

Others have covered the facts of the book neatly; I won't all over again in any greater detail than I have above.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mike Todd on 12 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
Milton is to be congratulated on producing a well-written book, using a wide variety of sources. His narrative is gripping, yet he does not allow his story to become sloppy or sensational. He calmly reports eye-witness accounts and allows the reader to come to his/her own conclusions. All of this set within a wider context which allows the general reader to make sense of the tortuous politics of this part of the world in the years during and shortly after the First World War. A splendid achievement.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By zorba_the_leake on 20 Nov. 2010
Format: Paperback
I finished this book in the early hours of this morning, having found it impossible to put down. The fact that I am currently visiting Izmir made the story all the more meaningful to me, but I think the catastrophe in Smyrna in 1922 is something that everyone should know about and I commend Giles Milton for his extensive research and his story-telling ability. Sadly though, I can only give it four stars because I found the book to be poorly edited and in some (small) parts, I would even call it badly written. It's not just the spelling or grammar mistakes that are dotted here and there. I am not a total pedant. It's more the occasions where snippets of information are needlessly repeated, not to mention certain adjectives and phrases, which can sometimes appear three times in the space of two paragraphs. I'm not blaming the author, but I think he's been let down by his editor, and this spoilt my enjoyment of his otherwise excellent book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Aristotelis Gavriliadis on 11 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
If you want to understand Turkish-Greek relations you should read "Paradise lost" along with "Twice a stranger" of Clark and "Echoes frome the green zone" from Papadakis. Paradise lost shows how crazy political choices can lead to destruction of millions of lives. The book concerns the destruction of the Greek and Levantine presence in Anatolia and Smyrna. But its value is universal: nationalism (Greek and Turkish), fanatism, religious rivalries, can lead to tragedies. Who started and who is responsible? The book does not give any answer but the conclusion I drew is universal: human stupidity and criminal political leaders, crowds ready to become barbaric,the yesterday victims becoming the monsters of today.

A big bravo to Milton who, after L. Smith's "Ionian vision" wrote "The Book" on 1922. Every Greek and Turk should read it and try to think on peace and friendship for the future.

Aristotelis Gavriliadis
Brussels
3 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews



Feedback