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Guide to Turkey for History Travellers (Guides for History Travellers Book 3) by [Fowke, Bob]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2456 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: YouCaxton Publications (11 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008KNMTT4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #285,559 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is an engrossing and well paced account of the country we now know as Turkey. For any visitor it is a must - for this brief but fully informative account of the complex history and culture of Asia Minor/The Ottoman Empire/ or modern day Turkey - cleverly outlines the wonderful range of characters that formed this enchanting land. I have walked the Theodosian Walls, and explored the Topkapi Palace - taken the ferry to modern Uskadur - been overwhelmed by the Aya Sofia. Bob Fowkes book captures the magic and explains how it all happened. His command of detail which serves the bigger picture is impressive, but never slows the pace of this extraordinary story.

To visit Turkey without reading or taking this book with you - unless you are a specialist already - would be a missed opportunity. For Bob Fowke condenses the history and culture into accessible summaries of all emperors and sultans. Even if you are deeply versed in Turkish history, his date timelines are an easy reminder of the main epochs and characters.

I could not recommned this highly readable and witty book more highly.
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This is a very informative visitors guide and history of Turkey. Well organised and with humour sprinkled throughout makes "Guide to Turkey for History Travellers" a most engrossing read! I've made several visits to Turkey in recent years and learned much from this book. One of the best travellers guides I've had the pleasure to read and I would certainly recommend it if like me you want to gain a sense of history of places you visit!
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Bob Fowke's latest ebook in his series of travel guides come historical overviews and introductions to countries that are all well travelled by himself, Guide to Turkey for History Travellers, is as entertaining and informative as his other guides to Spain, France and Greece continue to be. As with his previous works in this field, his urbane wit and lively cast of mind have one gasping at the unusual one moment to laughing out loud the next, so, whatever you do, do not expect this to be a quiet ride.

Fowke's background, as both an award-winning author and an extremely popular illustrator, has placed him in a position to travel internationally, allowing him to develop close firsthand knowledge of the countries that he explores across both time and space. His lack of pretentiousness and essential modesty, as well as his versatility as a master of both the word and the visual media, are core to his writing. His consistent striving to make what some others might find esoteric or unnecessarily convoluted accessible and tempting draw his audience in.

There is an essential air of trustworthiness about Fowke's writing―we know that we are not about to be taken in by his glamorisation of the unsavory, and that what he omits for sake of brevity is not as key and core to our coming to the understanding of the lands and cultures that he explores as are the facts that he does include. Selective as his guides might be, we definitely do not feel cheated of any of the rich tapestry that go to make up the composite picture of those that he describes. Rather, he tempts us to want to find out more, and in no way jades our palate for more extensive texts than his.

However, his guides have a definite role to play in opening up the Mediterranean lands that he so joyfully explores.
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I bought this book to read on my Kindle because I enjoy medieval and ancient history and because it is my intention to tourTurkey this year. I have found it to be extremely helpful and informative both from an historical aspect and, more importantly, as a traveller. The author has taken time to provide tips, maps and clear comprehensive information on many of the towns, cities and historic places a tourist would encounter whilst there. I have no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone wanting to travel to Turkey or to learn of it's history.
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There are so few short history guides for Tukey. This one was rather good. It's not too long and gives a really good overview of the history of the country right from the begining up to modern times. it is loaded with a lot of interesting facts and stories about the country and i would recommend it to anyone going to Turkey for a visit.
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I bought this as I visit Turkey a lot, we have an apartment there and I am keen to find out more information about he country and the culture. This book didn't disappoint. It was quick and easy to read and full of facts and has put me on the road to further history reading! Recommended!
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Difficult to read. Depends what you are looking for! I was looking fo a light guide to the history of Turkey. This is value for money if you require a full history, not a guide.
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Very good well written but summarised history, if you are visiting Turkey.
Map diagrams could be better though.
Helpful in putting history to tourist places.
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