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    DescriptionIn 1521, Suleiman the Magnificent, Muslim ruler of the Ottoman Empire, dispatched an invasion fleet to the Christian island of Rhodes. This would prove to be the opening shot in an epic clash between rival empires and faiths for control of the Mediterranean and the center of the world. In Empires of the Sea, ""acclaimed historian Roger Crowley has written a thrilling account of this brutal decades-long battle between Christendom and Islam for the soul of Europe, a fast-paced tale of spiraling intensity that ranges from Istanbul to the Gates of Gibraltar. Crowley conjures up a wild cast of pirates, crusaders, and religious warriors struggling for supremacy and survival in a tale of slavery and galley warfare, desperate bravery and utter brutality. Empires of the Sea is a story of extraordinary color and incident, and provides a crucial context for our own clash of civilizations.

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    Empires of the Sea
    The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Roger Crowley
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 334
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    ISBN 13: 9780812977646
    ISBN 10: 0812977645

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    LC classification: D215 .C76 2009
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, frontispiece
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    12 May 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Roger Crowley was born in 1951 and spent part of his childhood in Malta. He read English at Cambridge University and taught English in Istanbul, where he developed a strong interest in the history of Turkey. He has traveled widely throughout the Mediterranean basin over many years and has a wide-ranging knowledge of its history and culture. He lives in Gloucestershire, England. He is also the author of "1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West. " "From the Hardcover edition."
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    "[Crowley] offers exquisitely delicate insights and undulating descriptive passages. Yet in his descriptions of the battles, his prose is so taut and tense, it is impossible not to be caught up in the harrowing action."--"Christian Science Monitor " "A masterly narrative that captures the religious fervor, brutality and mayhem of this intensive contest."--"Kirkus Reviews, "starred review "Gripping . . . This is a rare combination of a history book that reads with the detail, insight and pace of a novel."--"Tampa Tribune ""Crowley has an astonishing gift for narration; his account is as exciting as any thriller."--"Wall Street Journal" "Crowley's page-turner history . . . deserves to be this [season's] most recommended nonfiction book. . . . Rich in character, action, surprise, what transpired in those few desperate weeks is one of history's best and most thrilling stories."--"Dallas Morning News "