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Victory of the West

The Great Christian-Muslim Clash at the Battle of Lepanto

Trade Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780306816185

Price: $20.99 / $26.99 (CAD)

ON SALE: April 8th 2008

Genre: Nonfiction / History


When the heavily manned fleet of the Ottoman Empire met the ships of a fragile coalition of Christian European states in 1571, the waters off the coast of Greece, they say, “ran red with blood.” It was a victory of the West-the first major victory of Europeans against the Ottoman Empire. In this compelling piece of narrative history, Niccolò Capponi describes the underlying clash of cultures and takes a fresh look at the bloody struggle between oared fighting galleys and determined men of faith. As a description of the age-old conflict between Christianity and Islam, it is a story which resonates today.

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Reader Reviews


Voluminous yet highly readable account of the naval battle of Lepanto and preceding events This very fine study significantly expands current scholarship on the subject. Highly recommended.

Saudi Aramco World
[A] readable collection Author provides background information and explanation so that complex interactions become accessible to the reader, and the book is enhanced by good illustrations and a very useful bibliography.

Shepherd Express
Stewart is a compelling writer When Asia Was the World will help raise popular awareness that the Earth's history didn't begin in Europe.

International Journal of Maritime History
“Impressive…Capponi’s account has many merits.”

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