By Daniel Allen Butler
The historical past of the Ottoman Empire spanned greater than seven centuries. on the peak of its strength, it stretched over 3 continents and produced marvels of structure, literature, technology, and war. while it fell, its cave in redrew the map of the area and altered the process historical past.
Shadow of the Sultan s Realm is the tale of the empire s dissolution in the course of a tumultuous interval that climaxed within the First global struggle. In its telling are battles and campaigns that experience turn into the stuff of legend Gallipoli, Kut, Beersheeba waged through males who've turn into higher than existence: Enver Bey, the would-be patriot who used to be pushed extra by means of ambition than through knowledge; T. E. Lawrence ( Lawrence of Arabia ), the enigmatic chief of an abnormal struggle opposed to the Turks; Aaron Aaronsohn, the Jewish botanist-turned-spy who deceived his Turkish and British allies with equivalent facility; David Lloyd George, the top minister for whom strength intended every thing, integrity not anything; Mehmet Talaat, who gave the orders that all started the Armenian massacres; Winston Churchill, who created a close plan for the Gallipoli crusade, which must have been the masterstroke of the good conflict; Mustafa Kemal, a proficient soldier who might develop into a innovative flesh presser and earn the identify Ataturk; Arthur Balfour, the British overseas secretary who may promise whatever to a person; and Edmund Allenby, the final who failed within the trench struggle of the western entrance yet fought brilliantly in Palestine.
Daniel Allen Butler weaves the tales of the boys and the occasions that propelled them right into a compelling narrative of the demise of an empire. Its legacy is the cauldron of the trendy heart East.
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