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Grant Seifred

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Lost in the details.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-07-08

Too much focus on isolated facts and dates. I was not perceptive enough to pick up on the grand themes or direction that would keep me engaged. I may have had unrealistic positive expectations of a British author whose book won a British History Award . I was constantly reminded of the much more horrific and inhumane American Prison Industrial complex.

A British History of The Mediterranean

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-06-07

Unfortunately the incredible Pro England bias of the author spoiled much of my enjoyment. Everything is viewed though the eye of a very old white male Church of England perspective. Needless to say his view of Ottoman and North African Culture is quite insulting. He also cannot resist a few swipes at the USA. He is a big fan of Ancient Greece but not Greeks. The Jewish history is covered in great detail and with respect. If you have an interest in the economic history of the Mediterranean I would read the book with the above bias acknowledged before you start reading. Perhaps then, his annoying prejudices could be humored or almost found amusing. In much the same way one tolerates a senile old uncle.

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A Fair History of the 500 year Ottoman Empire

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-05-13

As a Westerner I am trying to get a greater understanding of Islam history and culture. I knew very little about the Ottoman Empire. I learned a lot about the Empire and Islam but as a 'bonus' I also learned a lot about the Balkins, Austria- Hungarian Empire, Egypt , Greece, Armenia,Iran, Greek Orthodox Church, Russia, and modern day Turkey.

Somewhat disappointing

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-04-29

I am quite a visual person and a good book will bring images to my mind. Tigers in the Mud failed to do this for me. The book does cover the details of his career and is written by a soldier not a professional author. I appreciated his honesty dealing with political questions of how the German soldier was unfairly judged post WW II . The most entertaining part of the book is when he criticizes the American Land Army in Western Europe as cowardly and incompetent.

IDeep dive into time.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-04-06

I really enjoyed the first 3 chapters. After that, I found it very hard going. I wish I was smarter.

Effects of a Residential School on a man

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-03-13

A story that is simply but beautifully told of the life of a gifted man who was raised in a Residential School. Anger, guilt, pain, loss, loneliness , violence, depression and alcoholism are the reminents on his early upbringing. Initially it drove him to excel at hockey before it produced a tragic downward spiral There is no self pity only a great grace. The Catholic Schools should make this mandatory reading for it's student

A good introduction to Ottoman history.

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-01-03

A well written history of the Ottoman Empire. Carefully avoiding a western bias against this Great Empire. I would have appreciated if grand overall themes were discussed in more detail. Somewhat sleepy vocal presentation.

Brave Savages.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-10-22

A story of brave savage brutal religious zealots. A reasonably fair telling of a invasion of the Indian ocean by a group of very poor primative ruthless foreigners. Europe was a land of barbarians. But they had better guns and a relentless cruelty that astounded their opponents.

Wonderful!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-10-08

Great book very well told. Complex concepts explained in an easy to understand and entertaining format. Recommended for ALL. both science and non science types

Tragic tale, frightening is it's modern resonance.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-22

Banks and the markets are revealed to be evil, heartless machines that grind the poor to their death