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This review is from: The Great Siege: Malta, 1565 (Wordsworth Military Library) (Paperback)
Once there was a time I did not care to much for history books and prefered fiction, but as I have grown older I find that good history, especially of monumental events far outclasses fiction, namely because in fiction the author normally focuses on a few characters and their motives can be quite shallow while in history every character once was a human being thinking for himself. So lately I read mostly military history and while many of the books I read tend to get technical or detailed there are a few that read like best fiction in the runing and smoothness of the telling of the story. Only it is better, because it was real. This is such a book.
As for the book itself, it tells of the first Great Siege of Malta (the second of course in World War II), when the Ottoman Turks, then at the peak of their powers, having layed the Eastern Arab Kingdoms at their feet and fought their way to Austria in Western Europe set their mind and resources on the last of the Crusading Orders, The Order of St. John. Where two of the times greatest military units, the Christian Knights and Janissaries, Spartan bred Turkish units met. Also you get to know many of the most influential persons of those times, of their actions and sacrifice.
In all one great read.