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In The Shadow Of The Sword: The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World Hardcover – 27 March 2012

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'A compelling detective story of the highest order, In the Shadow of the Sword is also a dazzlingly colourful journey into the world of late antiquity. Every bit as thrilling a narrative history as Holland's previous works, In the Shadow of the Sword is also a profoundly important book. It makes public and popular what scholarship has been discovering for several decades now; and those discoveries suggest a wholesale revision of where Islam came from and what it is' - Sunday Times - Christopher Hart

A brilliant tour de force of revisionist scholarship and [with] thrilling storytelling with a bloodspattered cast of swashbuckling tyrants, nymphomanaical empresses and visionary prophets . . . Unputdownable - The Times - Simon Sebag Montefiore

Tom Holland is a writer of clarity and expertise, who talks us through this unfamiliar and crowded territory with energy and some dry wit . . . The emergence of Islam is a notoriously risky subject, so a confident historian who is able to explain where this great religion came from without illusion or dissimulation has us greatly in his debt' - Spectator - Philip Hensher

This is a book of extraordinary richness. I found myself amused, diverted and enchanted by turn. For Tom Holland has an enviable gift for summoning up the colour, the individuals and animation of the past, without sacrificing factual integ

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* Tom Holland, author of Rubicon and Persian Fire, gives a thrilling panoramic account of the rise of Islam

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown; 1st edition (27 March 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 544 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1408700077
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1408700075
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16 x 4.4 x 23.8 cm
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