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Joachim

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  • Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lars Brownworth
    • Narrated By Lars Brownworth
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    In AD 476 the Roman Empire fell - or rather, its western half did. Its eastern half, which would come to be known as the Byzantine Empire, would endure and often flourish for another 11 centuries. Though its capital would move to Constantinople, its citizens referred to themselves as Roman for the entire duration of the empire's existence.

    Joseph M. Dolan says: "Excellent Book about Little Known History"
    "Sophomoric, inaccurate, a waste of time."
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    Would you try another book from Lars Brownworth and/or Lars Brownworth?

    This book was created after the author, a catholic high school history teacher, had a somewhat successful podcast. He was offered a book deal and produced... this. I am a fan of Roman history and had extremely high hopes.

    This book is of the same quality as a high school history report. It contains gross historical inaccuracies. Where the author's personal knowledge falls short, instead of pausing and consulting primary sources, he simply glosses over or sometimes outright invents reasons for historical events. According to Brownworth, the great schism between the Catholic and Orthodox faiths occurred due to a particularly grumpy emissary sent by the pope who did not like greasy greek food. This is beyond lazy.

    The author's grasp of the English language, specifically the meaning of certain vocabulary words, is off, producing unintentional hilarity. It is clear that the manuscript for "Lost to the West" was also lost to the hands of any professional editorial oversight. Most recent vocabulary chuckle moment: "The invading force slipped by the laconic guards." This sentence, when read in context, indicates that the author thinks laconic to mean lazy, slow, or dull in some way. It really means terse, of few words.

    I am not just disappointed in this book. I feel I have been cheated. If there were a way to get my money back, I would demand it without hesitation.


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