Loved the book but my love affair with Venice is now a little jaded,
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This review is from: City of Fortune: How Venice Won and Lost a Naval Empire (Kindle Edition)
Roger Crowley clearly loves his subject and writes passionately about both the sea battles and the politics that made Venice what it is today. I came to this book with a similar enthusiasm for the city, the difference being that mine was based on ignorance and a few tourist visits while Mr Crowley knows his subject and loves the city warts and all.
As the story unfurled I found it far harder to forgive the city its mostly parasitic history. The beauty that I had wondered at on past visits will now always be a little tainted by the knowledge of how the jewels in the city's crown seem mostly to have been torn from their original owners in acts of cultural vandalism. I guess a similar statement could be made about London, Rome and Paris, but somehow I was never quite so naive about any of those cities and can still love them for what they are - Venice was a bit different and I feel a little betrayed. Still the book was an excellent read and I should thank Roger Crowley (although it is a little like thanking someone who tells you your wife is sleeping with another man).