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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (2 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571245951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571245956
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Hugely readable, well-written and informative ... Crowley is excellent.' --Stella Tillyard, Daily Telegraph

'Roger Crowley makes a trustworthy and wonderfully eloquent guide ... Crowley is such a natural narrative historian, with such an eye for colourful but telling details and such a knack for dramatic character sketches, that he remains a constant joy to read.' --Christopher Hart, Sunday Times

'... the rise and fall of Venice's empire is an irresistible story and Crowley, with his rousing descriptive gifts and scholarly attention to detail, is its perfect chronicler. For centuries, he notes, the republic's sailors returned home with ''gold, spices, plague and grief''; and in this compelling book, like a scrupulous Venetian merchant, he weighs out full measures of each.' --Michael Prodger, Financial Times

'[An] entertaining and well-researched book, the entire story of this small, fascinating power is laid out.' --Catholic Herald

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In City of Fortune: How Venice Won and Lost a Naval Empire, from Roger Crowley - the prize-winning author of Empires of the Sea - comes an epic work of narrative maritime history.

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