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Explore the captivating history of the Ottoman Empire.

The Ottoman world was nothing like an exotic fairy tale featuring tyrant sultans, mean pashas, and ill-fated harem women. The true stories of genuine sultans and princes are a bit more complicated and no less exciting. 

Incredible facts about this empire still surprise anyone who starts discovering those stories. You’ll find out that, for quite a while, this Islamic state was effectively ruled by women, and that’s just the beginning.

In The Ottoman Empire: A Captivating Guide to the Rise and Fall of the Turkish Empire and Its Control over Much of Southeast Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa, you will discover topics such as:

  • The first sultan
  • The conqueror
  • The just and the resolute
  • The magnificent
  • The power of harem
  • The sultanate of women
  • The supreme valide
  • Husbands and sons
  • Grandest of the grand
  • Flower power: the age of tulips
  • Transformation
  • A step toward modernization
  • The reorganization
  • The last absolute ruler
  • The end of the Ottoman Empire
  • And much, much more!

So listen to this audiobook now if you want to learn more about the Ottoman Empire!

©2018 Captivating History (P)2018 Captivating History

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A bit off mark in my view.

The book is off mark from it's stated intent, the author wanted to center the book around, but ended up doing it and therein lies it's problem. Very much of an English account of the history, although exposing the emptiness of the policies and thought behind them from political as well as military men of the empire, the book fails to tell a complete story. Still a readable book, though one will have to read other sources.

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An Illuminating piece of work.

Captivating History's work draws from a wide variety of sources, approaching the issues from different perspectives. It clearly exhibits the fact that, on the contrary to the ex-post official histories, the policies for greater Turkey had developed almost haphazardly. Much of his comments regarding T.E. Lawrance refers to Desmond Stewart's biography of the latter, thus should be taken with some reservation. An absolute must for individuals interested in contemporary world politics.

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A masterpiece of history about Turkey.

To have a deep insight about how today's Turkey was formed, you should have been read this piece. Easy to read and follow the logical chain. A bit long but it is fine I think.

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A must read to understand the history.

So comprehensive and understandable, this history of the origins of the Fall of the Turkish Empire of today should be read by everyone trying to make sense of the current situation in that region.

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Understanding the Enigma of the Turkish Empire

This book explains it all. The Fall of the Turkish Empire and Its Control over Much of Southeast Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa is sorted out in easy steps, Artificial Country by Artificial Country. This division, each chapter dealing with one country for each of the half a dozen years makes for easy reference.

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A classic...

So comprehensive and understandable, this history and the Fall of the Turkish Empire of today should be read by everyone trying to make sense of the current situation in that region.

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Best book on fall of Turkish Empire.

I felt like reading a scientific brave-heart. For the first time, somebody writes T.E Lawrence and Winston Churchill in an objective and scholarly manner... Must read if you are sick of history written by those who`ve hanged the heroes.... At last people know king is nude...

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A slog to read but well worth it.

This is absolutely the best book written on Fall of the Turkish Empire and Its Control over Much of Southeast Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa ... It is one of the books that makes you get the grip on a subject widely diluted by the "winners" of the history.

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This shows how the world changed for Turkey.

It also shows us how differently world leaders of the day saw the world and how that different view produced a negotiated peace, implemented by 1922, that resulted in the mess we have in the middle east now.

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Understand basis for turmoil in Turkey

This work explains many of the events going on in the middle ease and with new and its ottoman background. Everyone interested in current events should read it.

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  • 12-13-18

Love to read about Turkey being a European state.

Captivating History doing a fabulous job on doing detailed work on history of the world. This is their last effort I have with me. This book is packed with the all why Turkey was falling in early 1920's.

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  • Lilly
  • 12-13-18

Wonderful history telling.

Captivating History's book flows like a river and makes easy reading. It is serious history writing in style. I have no definite objection to his facts and figures. I think they are well argued and persuasive. I have a reservation as a Turk: He writes not from a platform of objectivity and detachment of a real historian but rather with a sentimentality and subjectivity of as an American and probably English person.

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  • Ranjan
  • 12-13-18

Ah, the book I was in search, loaded.

Captivating History's style and organization are clear, easy to follow and generally superb, and his detailed portrayals of the key participants are rich characterizations. Anyone with an interest in the The Ottoman Empire, regardless of their past level of exposure to or knowledge of the region, should read this book.

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  • Lep
  • 12-13-18

starsA masterful and indispensable work

As someone who has lived in, studied and now works on issues relating to the Fall of the Turkish Empire, it's difficult finding books which I feel really provide an insight into the region. Captivating History's book is one of the best out there, both as an historical perspective (accuracy, depth, detail) and as a critical tool for understanding the roots of the conflicts and divisions wracking the region today.

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  • Leon
  • 12-13-18

A Major Source of Historical Perspective.

I had ample time to listen to the book thoroughly, not in the stands at my son's Little League game, some years ago. It's worth a careful and thoughtful reading; no other book I know of sets the stage for understanding the Middle East in the 20th C as comprehensively. And after you finish it, I'd recommend "All the Shah's Men" as the key text for understanding America's imbroglio with Iran.

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  • Morgan
  • 12-13-18

Very Good and Balanced.

It was not about good guys and bad guys as so many writers have made it out to be. I really appreciated the balanced perspective of this book that showed the failings on all sides of the creation of the modern Turkey in the early 20th century.

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  • Lara
  • 12-13-18

You feel pride, when you are done.

When listening to this, it seems as if your are reading about the World's condition in our time. A must read, but I recommend reading Macmillian's "Paris: 1919" first.

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  • Zarqa
  • 12-13-18

Great over view of Modern Turkey.

Hard to read, very detailed, but worth the struggle. I had not really understood how modern day Turkey fit into the first world war and the aftermath. Fascinating to see how the borders of the current countries of the middle east were decided. To me, this is a "foundational" book in that you will understand the Easts involvement in world war one as well as the formation of the modern middle east when you are done.

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  • Allerton
  • 12-12-18

Found iit held up well.

Hands down, This book is very well written about the complexities and connections of a period when important changes happened in the 20th century.

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  • Blue
  • 12-12-18

Interesting fall.

Overall the book is very informative and I strongly recommended. The writing is simple and at the point, it is for everyone to grasp as I like it