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"A remarkably readable, judicious and well-researched account of the Ottoman war in Anatolia and the Arab provinces."Mark Mazower, Financial Times
"Rogan has written an impressively sound and fair-minded account of the fall of the Ottoman Empire."
Max Hastings, Sunday Times (UK)
"[An] assured account.... The book stands alongside the best histories."Economist
"The book is not only exact and readable but also has the elements of a thriller and thus is all the more remarkable in view of its thoroughness in covering a linguistically and historically difficult subject."Wall Street Journal
"Rogan offers an intricately worked but very readable account of a theocracy's demise."New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
"This engrossing history unfolds in the Middle Eastern theatre of the First World War, capturing the complex array of battles, brutalities, and alliances that brought down the six-hundred-year-old Ottoman Empire.... Rogan argues that the empire's ultimate demise was the result not of losing the war but of a clumsily negotiated peace. His balanced narrative unearths many seeds of current conflicts."
"Admirable and thoroughly researched.... A comprehensive history of World War I in the Middle East."New York Review of Books