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The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East Paperback – 4 Oct 2016

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"[An] assured account.... The book stands alongside the best histories."--Economist

"The book is not only exact and readable but also has the elements of a thriller and thus is all the more remarkable in view of its thoroughness in covering a linguistically and historically difficult subject."--Wall Street Journal

"This engrossing history unfolds in the Middle Eastern theatre of the First World War, capturing the complex array of battles, brutalities, and alliances that brought down the six-hundred-year-old Ottoman Empire.... Rogan argues that the empire's ultimate demise was the result not of losing the war but of a clumsily negotiated peace. His balanced narrative unearths many seeds of current conflicts."--New Yorker

"Admirable and thoroughly researched.... A comprehensive history of World War I in the Middle East."--New York Review of Books

"[An] intricately worked but very readable account of the Ottoman theocracy's demise.... This is an extraordinary tale and Rogan recounts it well."--New York Times

"A remarkably readable, judicious and well-researched account of the Ottoman war in Anatolia and the Arab provinces."--Mark Mazower, Financial Times

"To have written a page-turner as well as an accurate and comprehensive history of the Ottoman struggle for survival is a remarkable achievement."--Wall Street Journal

"As the Middle East is collapsing all around us, if you wanted to know where it all began and when, read this great book by a great Oxford historian."--Fareed Zakaria, Fareed Zakaria GPS, Book of the Week

"[Rogan's] account is geopolitical and military writing at its best - taut, anecdotal and extraordinarily researched. A tangled story, to be sure, one that both commands and rewards the reader's attention."--Washington Times

"A comprehensive, lucid and revealing history.... This book will surely become the definitive history of the war."--The Times (UK)

About the Author

Eugene Rogan is a professor of modern Middle Eastern history at the University of Oxford and director of the Middle East Centre, St Antony's College, Oxford.

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