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In The Shadow Of The Sword: The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World Hardcover – 5 Apr 2012

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; Second Impression edition (5 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408700077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408700075
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 4.4 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 227 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A compelling detective story of the highest order, In the Shadow of the Sword is also a dazzlingly colourful journey into the world of late antiquity. Every bit as thrilling a narrative history as Holland's previous works, In the Shadow of the Sword is also a profoundly important book. It makes public and popular what scholarship has been discovering for several decades now; and those discoveries suggest a wholesale revision of where Islam came from and what it is' (Christopher Hart Sunday Times)

A brilliant tour de force of revisionist scholarship and [with] thrilling storytelling with a bloodspattered cast of swashbuckling tyrants, nymphomanaical empresses and visionary prophets . . . Unputdownable (Simon Sebag Montefiore The Times)

Tom Holland is a writer of clarity and expertise, who talks us through this unfamiliar and crowded territory with energy and some dry wit . . . The emergence of Islam is a notoriously risky subject, so a confident historian who is able to explain where this great religion came from without illusion or dissimulation has us greatly in his debt' (Philip Hensher Spectator)

This is a book of extraordinary richness. I found myself amused, diverted and enchanted by turn. For Tom Holland has an enviable gift for summoning up the colour, the individuals and animation of the past, without sacrificing factual integrity . . . He is also a divertingly inventive writer with a wicked wit - there's something of both Gibbon and Tom Wolfe in his writing. In the Shadow of the Sword remains a spell-bindingly brilliant multiple portrait of the triumph of monotheism in the ancient world (Barnaby Rogerson Independent)

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* Tom Holland, author of Rubicon and Persian Fire, gives a thrilling panoramic account of the rise of Islam

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