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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful rendition of a fascinating tale.
Being an avid traveller and a lover of historical books, this opus magna detailing in a compelling and engrossing way the history of three capital cities of the Mediterranean, was ideally suited for me, and definitely I was delighted by it.
Izmir, Alexandria and Beirut are important names in our minds of Mediterranean peoples and for some uncanny reasons all these...
Published on 2 Sept. 2012 by Valentini Vincenzo

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1.0 out of 5 stars Revisionist pseudo - history.
It is quite fashionable for some current authors to present revised history in pretty packages to be consumed by an unwary public. This book purports to be a 'history' so I will express my disgust at the author's pathetic attempt (in a particular passage relating to the Greeks of Asia Minor) to absolve Kemal Ataturk of his responsibility in his ordering the systematic and...
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful rendition of a fascinating tale., 2 Sept. 2012
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Being an avid traveller and a lover of historical books, this opus magna detailing in a compelling and engrossing way the history of three capital cities of the Mediterranean, was ideally suited for me, and definitely I was delighted by it.
Izmir, Alexandria and Beirut are important names in our minds of Mediterranean peoples and for some uncanny reasons all these three cities seem to be possessed by a similar genius loci, capable of instantly telling something even to the casual traveller. Their histories are masterfully narrated by the author, that often does not refrain from political comments and references to the contemporary age, that I found always to the point. A particular mention must be made of the author's style that, while quite dense, is always readable and logically organised. This is one of the rarest books that I found 100% in agreement with, as the events that shaped up often dramatically the lives of these three cities are always presented in a very convincing way, that leaves very little to different interpretations. I especially liked the easiness with which Mansel managed to describe a confused little war like the Balkans Wars of 1912-13. No mean feat at the light of the importance of this conflict as the catalyst of the Great War. A gorgeous book that must be recommended to everybody with an interest in the history of human endeav
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insight into the Middle East, 10 July 2013
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Well written and interesting to read, I found this quite useful in giving me an understanding of how the Eastern Med developed up to the war period. The region had a surprising impact on the West and this is a good historical background. It's not dull in any way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent book, 1 Jun. 2013
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Interesting book about the unique mixed culture in Smyrna, Beirut, Alexandria and Saloniki before World War 2. Paradise lost to some.
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16 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Revisionist pseudo - history., 26 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Levant: Splendour and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean (Paperback)
It is quite fashionable for some current authors to present revised history in pretty packages to be consumed by an unwary public. This book purports to be a 'history' so I will express my disgust at the author's pathetic attempt (in a particular passage relating to the Greeks of Asia Minor) to absolve Kemal Ataturk of his responsibility in his ordering the systematic and bloody massacres of Greek civilians.He supports his opinion (that the Greeks were solely to blame for their fate) based on only one source - Kemal Ataturk himself.Mansell goes on to tell us that he has no reason to doubt Ataturk's account!The most disturbing aspect of the filth that is this book is that it actually received some positive reviews by various media pundits.They are either ignorant, or have an agenda - or both. Mansell's own agenda is well documented via his rather cozy relationship with the Anglo-Turkish Society in the U.K.,amongst his other associations.He is creating a dangerous precedent by blaming a people for their being massacred.
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