Holy War: How Vasco Da Gama's Epic Voyages Turned the Tide in a Centuries-Old Clash of Civilizations

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$29.99  $27.89
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Harper
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Pages
560
Dimensions
6.4 X 9.1 X 1.8 inches | 1.75 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780061735127

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About the Author

Nigel Cliff is a historian, biographer, and translator. His first book, The Shakespeare Riots, was a finalist for the National Award for Arts Writing and was chosen as one of the Washington Post's best books of the year. His second book, The Last Crusade: The Epic Voyages of Vasco da Gama, was a New York Times Notable Book. His most recent book is a translation and edition of The Travels by Marco Polo. A former film and theater critic for the London Times and contributor to The Economist, he writes for a range of publications, including the New York Times Book Review. A Fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford, he lives in London.

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"Readers who enjoy a yeasty narrative by a skilled storyteller will mark this book as one of their favorites of the year."--Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Lively and ambitious . . . Cliff has a novelist's gift for depicting character . . . he brings 16th century Portugal in all its splendor and squalor pungently to life."--Eric Ormsby, New York Times Book Review
"Epic . . . a compelling adventure tale, told by Cliff with the right mix of sweep and detail."--BookPage
"A fresh take on the history of the age of discovery . . . Cliff opens new vistas on much-explored territory."--Publishers Weekly
"Cliff tells an often thrilling tale of adventure . . . He effectively restores the luster of da Gama's achievement and provocatively reassesses the goals and significance of his expedition."--Booklist
"A story told with great flair and serious scholarship."--James Eckardt, The Nation
"A stirringly epic book...a thrilling narrative...This is broad-brush history, but it is accurate, and enlivened by splendid spots of color."--Sunday Times (London)
"Nigel Cliff's Holy War is one of the most readable, engaging, and provoking books of the season, hands down . . . Cliff . . . writes with considerable energy, humor and narrative skill."--Kansas City Star
"A useful addition to a continuing lively discussion of Christianity and Islam, situated both in respect of religions and culture, as well as empires and trade."--Kirkus Reviews