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Ghost Empire Kindle Edition
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Australian radio personality Fidler recounts a trip to Turkey with his son in this surprisingly diverting tome that elucidates the rise and fall of Nova Roma. Fidler colors the contours of ancient history while sharing personal reminiscences of his travels with his son.
Fidler's prose is lively and entertaining; he has a great affection for his subject and often describes it in a way that makes it seem magical. Strongly recommended for anyone interested in traveling to Istanbul and in its history
The author navigates fluidly from the city's founding by Constantine, the first Christian ruler, moving on to the significant rule of Justinian and his strong-willed wife, Theodora, construction of the Hagia Sophia, schisms, plagues, Crusades, sieges, and the creation of the 'deep state' that resonates today under Turkey's current authoritarian prime minister. Fidler provides a palpable sense of this glittering city built as 'a mirror of heaven.'
Byzantium, Constantinople, and Istanbul--a three thousand year story of phantasms and delusions, of invasion, collapse, empire, decay, a tragic continuo of golden and grandiloquent hopelessness, an erotic magic-show poised at the sea-washed edges of Asia and Europe. All of this provides a canvas for Richard Fidler to reconstruct, quite brilliantly, a saga of power and glory that most of us vaguely remember, but few of us have had a chance fully to savor. Now, thanks to the stylish cleverness of an exceptionally curious and talented man, we can feast on what strange magic the city brought--and still brings today--to the world beyond. I am speechless with admiration.--Simon Winchester
Fidler's story leaves its readers with a sense of faith in the renewing, illuminating, social powers of historical narrative. The tale of the Ghost Empire has bridged the gap between a father and son, enriching the contemporary world with the echoes of the past. Byzantium never really died. Its labyrinthine--its byzantine--intrigues cast their shadows over the city still. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Richard Fidler presents 'Conversations with Richard Fidler', an in-depth, up-close-and-personal interview program broadcast across Australia on ABC Radio. It is one of the most popular podcasts in Australia, with over five million downloaded programs every month. Richard is the author of the bestselling book Ghost Empire.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B01HE6X31K
- Publisher : ABC Books (1 August 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 3934 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 511 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 3,548 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Fact is better than fiction. This book was written like an adventure and I liked the way the authors own family experiences were entertained into the narrative.
I recommend reading this and I personally will be looking forward to reading more by the same author.
Also does a great radio show with the same easy style that was bought to this book, that can be found on podcast.
Richard Fidler tackles the age old problem of how to present history in a way that is both insightful and interesting. Too often do history books fall into a never ending collection of dates and hard to pronounce names.
However Fidler presents it more like a collection of stories, artfully woven through a retelling of his father-son trip through the streets of Istanbul. Vivid and powerful, this book consistently lists it's sources, and occasionally you get a glimpse into to the painstaking research that Fidler must have undertaken to bring this book to you, the reader.
I encourage you to download the sample and read the first chapter and see for yourself.
A must read for those in that category!
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There is so much to learn from this work, it's impossible to not revisit after absorbing to much info. I can't recommend this book enough.
"If the Earth were a single state, Constantinople would be its capital" -Napoleon Bonaparte
It seems strange that most people are not more aware of one of the most significant and impactful leaders in the history of the west. Constantine founded the city of Constantinople, now Istanbul and transformed Christianity, a minority eastern cult, into the majority religion of the Roman empire. This act transformed the future direction of the “western world morally, spiritually and politically”. “Constantine is why the provinces of Europe, Russia and eventually the Americas would form themselves into the self-described Christian nation states that endure today”. But what of the city he founded, a city that while the rest of Europe endured the dark ages, poverty and illiteracy was “home to universities, law schools, hospitals with woman doctors, precious Greek and Latin manuscripts on philosophy, mathematics and literature”. The cities preservation of this knowledge, known as the Corpus Hermeticom, was critical in the birth of the European renaissance and is why we today have access to philosophy of Plato and the plays of Aeschylus. “The golden and copper domes of the city welcomed merchants from Venice, China, India, Africa and Russia”. It was global trading city a thousand years before our own age of globalization, yet the thousand-year history of this gorgeous city on the Bosporus is also mostly unknown today by most people.
Richard Fidler is a broadcast journalist from Australia. He has written an unusual history book in that it is a combination of travelogue and history. He takes his 13-year-old son on a trip to Istanbul and we accompany them as they visit Hagia Sophia while learning the history of this magnificent structure that has withstood earthquakes and invasion for over 1500 years. We walk the three and a half miles of the Walls of Theodosius and come to the very gate where the Janissaries finally broke through the cities defenses in 1453. We are swept along into amazing tales of history, tales of the rise of Christianity, Fall of empires, revenge, ambition, murder all the while walking the streets, experiencing a trip to this great city. JACK
This book is an easy read: great for laymen as a first introduction to the history of the Eastern Roman Empire and Constantinople. And also for the scholar who wants a break from the "real" textbooks.
the Crusades,and the formation of the Ottoman Empire. I may have known that each division of the Abrahamic relegion lay claim to the Holy Land as theirs and took their turns at ruling it until the time when it became a part of the Ottoman Empire. But it did not occur to me how fair the Ottoman Empire wss to everyone who lived in there as compared with the other rulers thereof.
I owe a great debt to a friend of mine who brought this book to a lunch we had together. When i noticed that
this was about a father who took his son to visit Constantinople and shared what his knew about each particular part or event they encountered during their visit that I decided to buy this book for myself. It is a very fast and very interesting read, and filled large gaps in my knowledge about this very important part of homan history. We are still feeling the aftershocks of the fall of Constantinople