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Good but not a masterpiece
on 8 September 2012
Overall an extremely interesting subject and very entertaining content, but superficial at times while too detailed over topics and chapters that are certainly neither the most relevant nor the most interesting. Why would the author talk legnthily about some obscure Austrian or Bavarian little princes while never mentioning any Algerian dey or pasha by name, when the Regency of Algiers for example is mediterranean par-excellence. Overall very euro-centric, and at times dangerously biased towards a folkloric and outdated view of the interaction between Mediterranean cultures as a battle between the cross the the crescent.