I was taking a world civilization class at the junior college from a professor who believes that Christian, Jews, and Muslims are to be blamed for most of the world's wars. It was very refreshing and encouraging to read another perspective. Not that we are without blame but a much more complete picture of the causes of the Crusades.
What a great book, though it seems Stark writes nothing but good books. If you want the total truth about the crusades, this is the book. No white-washing here. Holds both Christians and muslim's feet to the fire, but eliminates the politically correct version of history to give you the real whats and whys of these events. Excellently written, very revealing. A definite five star
This is a well written, very informative, very balanced look at the relationship between Islam and Christianity, and the Crusades. It gives a good pre-history of the Crusades, and a balanced view of how and why they came about. Mr. Stark has done the church a big favor in writing this book. Deals with the historical rewrite of liberal and secular scholarship in an attempt to dump all responsibility for the Crusades on Christians. Read this book if you want to know the real truth.