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I am not sure this can even be called a book. Its a collection of notes the 'author' has put together into a book format that has no concrete time frame or thread running through it. It is quite literally all over the place and incredibly badly organised. The author is obviously also totally in love with the turks and for example simply glosses over the brutality of the Turkish slave system of janissary slave soldiers and eunuchs for the govt administration all forcibly abducted from Christian families in Turkish territory. This is possibly the worst book on Turkey and Istanbul I have come across. It seems he simply made basic notes of conversations with turkish people and then turned it into a book. In many places he is quite simply wrong and in others it seems he has no depth of knowledge about the history of the city. Avoid this book
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