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Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem
Book Reviewby Syed Muhammad Khan

Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem

Chivalry, magnanimity, generosity, discipline, honor, conviction, faith, and genuine care for his subjects made Saladin highly famous even during his lifetime. Whatever gap was left, writers and scribes working under his patronage were quick...
The Crusades: The Flame of Islam
Book Reviewby Lamb, Harold

The Crusades: The Flame of Islam

The Crusades of the Middle East may not have lasted for more than two centuries but the fictionalization of events and distortion of facts to prove one's side right and the other's wrong, continued for centuries later and is even seen in...
New English Canaan: Text & Notes
Book Reviewby Morton, Thomas & Dempsey, Jack

New English Canaan: Text & Notes

New English Canaan by Thomas Morton of “Merrymount” Text & Notes, edited by Jack Dempsey is a scholarly edition of the famous (or infamous) 1637 CE 3-Volume work New English Canaan by the lawyer, poet, and colonist Thomas...
Voices of Dissent: An Essay
Book Reviewby Thapar, Romila

Voices of Dissent: An Essay

Romila Thapar's latest addition to the study of the ancient history of India and its presence in modern times has been elegantly translated through her book Voices of Dissent: An Essay. Romila Thapar is an Emeritus Professor at Jawaharlal...
A Short History of the Saracens
Book Reviewby Syed Muhammad Khan

A Short History of the Saracens

Syed Ameer Ali's account of the rise of Muslim Arabs is a tantalizing read, to say the least, every page made we want to read it further, and although some phrases got a bit repetitive by the end and sometimes the narrative was convoluted...
Thermopylae: The Battle For The West
Book Reviewby Ernle Bradford

Thermopylae: The Battle For The West

Ernle Bradford's Thermopylae: The Battle for the West is an exciting book for general enthusiasts of ancient history. This speedy read does not strictly focus on the Battle of Thermopylae (480 BCE), where Leonidas and the 300 Spartans held...
Dragonfly Song
Book Reviewby Wendy Orr

Dragonfly Song

Aissa, the first daughter of the Lady and the Chief, was born with a small extra thumb on each hand, and because she was not perfect, she was to be thrown off the cliff. Instead, the wise woman Kelya gave Aissa to another family who raised...
Tigranes the Great: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Empire
Book Reviewby Momjian, Serge

Tigranes the Great: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Empire

Tigranes the Great: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Empire (A Comprehensive Historical Biography) by Serge Momjian is an instantly engaging work on the life and reign of the Armenian monarch Tigranes II (the Great, r. c. 95 - c. 56 BCE) written...
Swallow's Dance
Book Reviewby Orr, Wendy

Swallow's Dance

Author Wendy Orr (famous for Nim's Island, which has been turned into a motion picture) has created a captivating narrative aimed at young adults. The protagonist in Swallow's Dance is Leira, daughter of the high priestess on the Aegean island...
Philip II of Macedonia
Book Reviewby Worthington, Ian

Philip II of Macedonia

Philip II of Macedonia, by Ian Worthington, is a biography of Philip II, king of ancient Macedon from 360 to 336 BCE and father of Alexander the Great. Even though the figure of Philip is often obscured by the glory of his son, the book highlights...