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The Silk Roads: A New History of the World Hardcover – 27 Aug 2015
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Brilliant and fearlessly wide-ranging . undaunted by the complexity of the material, and the scale of the subject he has taken on, Frankopan marches briskly through the centuries, disguising his erudition with an enviable lightness of touch, enlivening his narrative with a beautifully constructed web of anecdotes and insights, backed up by an impressively wide-ranging scholarly apparatus of footnotes drawing on works in multiple languages . This is history on a grand scale, with a sweep and ambition that is rare . a remarkable book on many levels, a proper historical epic of dazzling range and achievement (William Dalrymple, Books of the Year Guardian)
Breathtaking and addictively readable - History Book of the Year (Daily Telegraph)
Many books have been written which claim to be "A New History of the World". This one fully deserves the title.It is difficult, in a short review, to do justice to a book so ambitious, so detailed and so fascinating as this one (Gerald DeGroot The Times)
The author's gift for vividness is reminiscent of Jan Morris, while his command of revealing facts or fancies is not far short of Gibbon's (Felipe Fernández Armesto Literary Review)
A book that roves as widely as the geography it describes, encompassing worlds as far removed as those of Herodotus and Saddam Hussein, Hammurabi and Hitler.It is a tribute to Frankopan's scholarship and mastery of sources in multiple languages that he is as sure-footed on the ancient world as he is on the medieval and modern (Justin Marozzi The Sunday Times)
Splendid ... tightly researched ... invigorating and profound [with] enough storytelling to excite the reader and enough fresh scholarship to satisfy the intellect...charismatic and essential (Dr Bettany Hughes Daily Telegraph)
The Silk Roads, which covers several continents and many centuries, is based on astonishingly wide and deep reading and in all areas draws on the latest research...it is full of vivid and recondite details (Independent)
This is, to put it mildly, an ambitious book...Frankopan writes with clarity and memorable detail (Economist)
Timely . it deserves a place by the library fireplace (Country Life)
Dazzlingly good ... [Frankopan blends] deep scholarly skill with a real literary talent (Dan Jones Evening Standard)
The No. 1 Sunday Times and international bestseller - a major reassessment of world history in light of the economic and political renaissance in the re-emerging eastSee all Product description
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International trade has enriched us in the West and made the elites in other corners of the world very wealthy but with that wealth comes exploitation, inequality and the great games of empires who seek advantage at the expense of human lives.
There are no answers here but there are lessons. We are all connected, and interdependent .
What is apparent is how this area and the concept of these silk roads has been central to all big events in world history and will continue to be going forward. Rather than providing a Euro-centric view of our history, the author cleverly switches the point of focus to this fascinating part of the world. I cannot wait to read this again at some point in the near future!
Well written and researched, I could almost hear the nomadic hordes sweeping down from the steppes.
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