[download Audible] Istanbul: City of Majesty at the Crossroads of the WorldAuthor Thomas F Madden – Biorganicenergy.co

Praise for Istabul A wonderfully vivid and clear accountMadden is a skilled narrator, negotiating the twists and turns in the citys destiny The Economist A natural teacher, Madden packs most of the citys past into a short, readable volume in which each era is brought alive by punchy anecdotes with vivid sketches of people and locations The Economist smagazine Condensing Istanbuls history in a single volume is a daunting challenge the book is a great success, and one with no lack of drama Even the careless reader will be much enlightened by the book, as good an introduction to Istanbul and its splendors as one could hope to have National Review A major biography of a city at the center of the world, Madden documents the history of the place that has been home to Greeks and Ottomans, Muslims and Jews, the ancient world and the society of the future Time A comprehensive and illuminating account of this remarkable citybrought together into one enjoyable and clear narrative Theres a great deal to gain from reading this book PopMatters VividMaddens insights into Istanbuls religious and political history reminds us that world politics is rife withcomplex questions Who came first Who built enduring cities Who survived Who vanished Andwhere do we go from here Booklist AstonishingAn illuminating journey through the history and culture of the metropolis that still towers over all other cities in Europe and the Middle East Kirkus ReviewsA fast paced account of Europes largest cityMadden succinctly captures the citys often key role in global political and religious history Publishers Weekly No place has had a better claim than Istanbul to being the historical center of our planetcapital to multiple empires, a focal point of Christianity and Islam, and now a global transport and commercial hub Writing with verve and sympathy, Thomas F Madden weaves scholarship, travel, and literature into a compelling narrative of crushing loss and unexpected renewal Charles King, author of Midnight at the Pera Palace The Birth of Modern Istanbul There may be other cities as majestic and rich in history as Istanbul, but few have been blessed with such a chronicler Istanbul takes us on a wild ride through a landscape populated by explorers, lascivious empresses, popes, crusaders, conquerors, and sultans It s almost as much fun as actually visiting Stephen Kinzer, author of Crescent and Star Turkey between two worldsOne of TimesBooks for the History Buffs on Your Holiday Gift List The first single volume history of Istanbul in decades a biography of the city at the center of civilizations past and presentForthan two millennia Istanbul has stood at the crossroads of the world, perched at the very tip of Europe, gazing across the shores of Asia The history of this city known as Byzantium, then Constantinople, now Istanbul is at once glorious, outsized, and astounding Founded by the Greeks, its location blessed it as a center for trade but also made it a target of every empire in history, from Alexander the Great and his Macedonian Empire to the Romans and later the Ottomans At its most spectacular Emperor Constantine I re founded the city as New Rome, the capital of the eastern Roman empire, and dramatically expanded the city, filling it with artistic treasures, and adorning the streets with opulent palaces Around it all Constantine built new walls, truly impregnable, that preserved power, wealth, and withstood any aggressor walls that still stand for tourists to visit From its ancient past to the present, we meet the city through its ordinary citizens the Jews, Muslims, Italians, Greeks, and Russians who used the famous baths and walked the bazaars and the rulers who built it up and then destroyed it, including Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the man who christened the city Istanbul inThomas F Madden s entertaining narrative brings to life the city we see today, including the rich splendor of the churches and monasteries that spread throughout the cityIstanbul draws on a lifetime of study and the latest scholarship, transporting readers to a city of unparalleled importance and majesty that holds the key to understanding modern civilization In the words of Napoleon Bonaparte, If the Earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital