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  • In the Shadow of the Sword

  • The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World
  • De : Tom Holland
  • Lu par : Jonathan Keeble
  • Durée : 17 h et 50 min
  • Version intégrale Livre audio
  • Catégories : Histoire, Histoire antique
  • 4,7 out of 5 stars (3 notations)

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    Description

    In the 6th century AD, the Near East was divided between two venerable empires: the Persian and the Roman. A hundred years on and one had vanished forever, while the other seemed almost finished. Ruling in their place were the Arabs: an upheaval so profound that it spelt, in effect, the end of the ancient world. In The Shadow of the Sword, Tom Holland explores how this came about. Spanning from Constantinople to the Arabian dessert, and starring some of the most remarkable rulers who ever lived, he tells a story vivid with drama, horror, and startling achievement.

    ©2012 Tom Holland (P)2012 Hachette Digital

    Commentaires

    "An unequivocal argument for the relevance of ancient history . . . Holland never strains for modern references; they are implicit in the stories he tells with such scholarship and flair.” (Geraldine Bedell, Observer)
    “Brings this tumultuous, epoch-making period dazzlingly to life.” (William Napier, Independent on Sunday)
    “Tom Holland has a rare eye for the detail, drama and the telling anecdote . . . A vibrant, bloodthirsty history, told with a rich sense of irony and irresistible narrative timing” (Dominic Sandbrook, Daily Telegraph)

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    Very good

    I was hearing this book with enormous pleasure. It is interesting and is concerning particular period of time, important to understand history of Europe and Middle East.

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    • Barry J. Crompton
    • 22/09/2012

    Another great book from Tom Holland

    What did you love best about In the Shadow of the Sword?

    I've read and listened to four of Tom Holland's books, he has the ability to capture a lot of historical fact and put into a way of making it understandable.

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    • BK
    • 07/01/2019

    Excellent overview of the ending of late antiquity

    The narrator is great, and the amount of information in this book is staggering. That said, I found it far too long, especially compared to Rubicon. That's to be expected, as the topic is so much larger, but I still struggled to finish this book. The highlight for me was all the information on Sassanids and white huns etc. Recommended for history buffs.

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    • Mr Oluwasegun Olatunde Bewaji
    • 20/07/2018

    Extremely Good, Informative and Eye Opening Read

    An essential must read for anyone trying to truly understand today's geopolitics and social turmoil

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    • Rick
    • 13/10/2017

    Captivating and informative

    The author and the narrator cooperate to tell the story of the march of religion and culture through the end of late antiquity in a way that often has the feel of a rollicking adventure.

    Though the information content is dense, it comes at the reader with the pace of a good story, and the picture it paints is illuminating and satisfying.

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    • Charles
    • 06/01/2015

    Great history

    Yet another fantastic book from Tom Holland. Yet more history is made interesting and accessible. The performance is also great.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 06/10/2020

    Missing chapter names

    Fantastic, good performance. Illuminates what is often thought of as dark period of history. Antiquity continued in the East seemingly uninterrupted for quite a while. Rated 4/5 because the title misses chapter names (book segments) and organization. Unlike other audio book by Tom Holland, Persian Fire, this one is sadly fragmented in 41 nameless chapters, even though the narrator mentions them at their beginning.