Top positive review
A great read for leisure
22 June 2015
the book is superb, well written, not overloaded with historical details, witty. A great read for leisure, enterntainment, as well as learning. Finally a fully digestable, yet informative, account of the crusades, the risorgimento, the spanish struggles of the 18th and 19th century. at last is the african coast part of the mediterranean, too :DDD highly recommendable to practically anyone, be your knowledge of history basic or advanced, you'll enjoy this new approach to history of the region.
in fact, it would be absolutely perfect, had it not been for 3 slight flaws - the love for Venice, the British presence, and Winston Churchill. The lack of criticism for Venice approaches the critical level by the end fo 16th century, but is later constrained. the British presence leads to a lengthy account of the battle of Gibraltar, whose significance seems just a fraction exagerated (well, I've never even heard about it until now), and to Winston is attributed the power to prevent the Russian revolution. With all respect to Winnie, preventing the inevitable was out of his reach, but it has it's good point - maybe the Author should turn to study of the Baltic, which might result in another thoroughly enjoyable piece of historical writing :)))