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The Silk Roads: A New History of the World Paperback – 1 Jun 2016
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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 2015-08-08)
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 Sunday Times 2015-08-09)
My book of the year: history on a grand scale, with a sweep of ambition that is rare ... A remarkable book on many levels, and one that anyone would have been proud to write: a proper historical epic of dazzling range, ambition and achievement (William Dalrymple Observer)
The most illuminating book of the year ... A healthy antidote to Eurocentric accounts of history (Books of the Year Times Literary Supplement)
Splendid ... tightly researched ... invigorating and profound with enough storytelling to excite the reader and enough fresh scholarship to satisfy the intellect...charismatic and essential (Bettany Hughes Daily Telegraph 2015-08-15)
A rare book that makes you question your assumptions about the world (Wall Street Journal)
Dazzlingly good (Evening Standard)
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 2015-08-15)
Full of intriguing insights and fascinating details (Observer)
With extraordinary erudition and a vivid style, he takes us on a dazzling tour of these parts from the rise of the first empires right through to the present (Open (Weekly))
'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.' (The 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.' (The Daily Telegraph)
'Dazzlingly good ... [Frankopan blends] deep scholarly skill with a real literary talent.' (Evening Standard)
'Full of intriguing insights and fascinating details.' (The Observer) --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
From the Publisher
Drawing on a rich series of sources in Greek, Latin, French, Italian, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Russian, Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Hebrew, Syriac and Chinese, The Silk Roads provides a major re-assessment of world history from antiquity to the modern day.
The Silk Roads: A New History of the World
The region of the Silk Roads is obscure to many in the English-speaking world. Yet the region linking East with West is where civilisation itself began, where the world's great religions were born and took root, where goods were exchanged, and where languages, ideas and disease spread.
The Silk Roads were no exotic series of connections, but networks that linked continents and oceans together. They were - and still are - one of the world's central nervous system. This is where empires were won - and where they were lost. As a new era emerges, the patterns of exchange are mirroring those that have criss-crossed Asia for millennia. The Silk Roads are rising again.
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Well written and researched, I could almost hear the nomadic hordes sweeping down from the steppes.
I wish more history books were as addictive. It will challenge your perspective of the world history!
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