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This review is from: Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization (Hardcover)
I just finishes "Lost to the West". It is very seldom that a book on ancient history captivates me as much as this one did. Lars Brownworth is an excellent writer that can make a story like this one so captivating and so much alive. Having been to Constantinople (Istanbul today) this book brought home so much more than just walking through the city did.
It is quite possible that as some reviewer have pointed out there are some minor facts that needs adjustment but the story of the Byzantine Empire comes alive in such a way that you just get caught up in the flow of the writing. Mr Brownsworth can really write! To compress more than a thousand years history into 300 pages is difficult but he pulled it of. It is like watching an action movie. Every fifth page the Empire is on top and every second fifth page it is at rock bottom only to be saved by the next hero.
Armed with this one I like to go back to Istanbul and see it all again.