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Extended Audio Sample The Sultans (Unabridged), by Noel Barber
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Noel Barber Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This brilliantly readable work of history tells the bizarre story of the Ottoman Empire as seen through the lives of its extravagant and tyrannical sultans. With their absolute power, their love of pomp, and their overwhelming venality and corruption, rarely has a great empire been ruled by such grotesque and awesome figures.

There was Suleiman the Magnificent, who allowed his wife to persuade him to murder his eldest son and his best friend; Murad III, who left 103 children behind him when he died; Mustafa, who was kept in a cage, attended by deaf-mutes, until he ascended to the throne. There were sultans who practiced their archery on living people; sultans who drowned the ladies of their harem by the score; and sultans who gave the reins of empire to their favorite eunuchs.

For 400 years, they fought wars, terrorized their subjects, made Turkey into a great empire, and then allowed her to decline into ostentatious and impotent decay.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mel | 7/17/2013

    " Decent read, covered the very basics of the Ottoman Empire from mid-1500s to its collapse and renewal with Ataturk in the mid-1900s. I did not quite like his negative portrayal of women throughout the entire book/history. Seemed a bit biased. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nina | 1/9/2013

    " BEST BOOK ON OTTOMAN EMPIRE "

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