I am sure that the author is an excellent scholar, but unfortunately he is not a good story teller. Perhaps this is because he does not want to speculate outside of the bounds of historical fact, but the result is a book that reads like the Book of Lists. There is too much historical detail presented without aide of a narrative, and I did not get any impression of the personality of the Grand Turk. Too bad because there is plenty of interesting material to work with when you are telling the story of a man who had 400 woman in his harem, kept a couple of pages with him at all times who were probably his lovers, and executed people by impaling. I would only recommend this book for a serious scholar of the era.
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