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One Night in Winter by Simon Sebag Montefiore
One Night in Winter by Simon Sebag Montefiore
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I was excited to see that Simon Sebag Montefiore has turned his pen again towards fiction. "One Night in Winter" is an intensely moving, dark and enthralling tale of passion and secrets, it transcends the boundaries of genre, being at once a political thriller, historical fiction, and romance. Montefiore, a terrific storyteller, writes about family love, youthful romance, mystery and adulterous passion, equally brilliantly as he did writing about power in his compelling nonfiction work, combined with his genuine insight into the mind of Stalin and his court, and you have a book that will delight any reader.

A fidgety page-turner, this book is impossible to put down, an… Read more
Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore
77 of 82 people found the following review helpful
I came to this book as an Arab reader, growing up with songs, poems, and books written about beloved Jerusalem, but never have I come across a book offering such a luxurious detailed and honest view and at such a scale! Written with remarkable neutrality and taking us through the diverse and rich history of the most disputed and news making region in the world! This comprehensive, and unpatronising treatment of Jerusalem's past is neither overwhelmingly scholarly to gloss over the gory (and fascinating) details, nor too hurried as to miss out important facts. Simon Sebag Montefiore combines the rare talent of total political and cultural understanding with a great and most eloquent… Read more
Catherine the Great and Potemkin: The Imperial Lov&hellip by Simon Sebag Montefiore
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
What an exhilarating read! If it was a novel you wouldn't believe it, but it really happened in 18th century Russia! A splendid biography, as magnificent and exotic as its subjects, Potemkin, the prince of princes, most beautiful man in St.Petersperg, most extraordinary man in all Europe. Born a son of a poor Nobleman, he was not made by his friendship with Catherine the Great, but by her recognition of his talents, he became important because of his intelligence, originality, drive, and imagination, he brought himself to her attention with irresistible exuberance on the day she seized power, he was an impossible man, but a wonderful character! a control freak and an appalling hypochondriac… Read more