"One could not wish for a better storyteller than John Man."--Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Jerusalem
"A tale about the life of a man and the passions that drove him"--Roanoke Times
"A worthy biography of an important Muslim hero"--Foreword Reviews
"Superb and eminently readable"--Chicago Tribune's Printers Row
"[A] masterful biography...The book tells a clear, vivid story of seemingly endless conflict, showing the strengths and weaknesses of both Christians and Muslims. The characters are fascinating...Man's style and pacing are just right for the general reader. This account provides valuable perspective for the twenty-first century tensions between Islam and the West."
—Internet Review of Books, 9/29/16
"An excellent overview on this complex man and his time."
"A very interesting and informative biography that provides insights relevant to issues surrounding the Middle East today."
—Toy Soldier & Model Figure
"The author of this book is an entertaining storyteller with an ear for a good turn of phrase."
"Man presents a complete biographical account of Saladin's life, while also building his narrative around the Crusades...Saladin can also be characterized as a contribution to the popular history of the Crusades...This volume...succeeds in presenting a vivid picture of medieval life in the Middle East that will appeal to a popular audience."—H-Net