Book Review -- "Saladin: . . . ."

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Book Review -- "Saladin: . . . ."

Postby Marcus Minucius Audens » Sun Oct 16, 2016 6:25 pm

>>>> Book Review -- “Saladin; The Sultan Who Vanquished the Crusaders and Built an Islamic Empire,” by John Man, Da Capo Press, 2016. <<<<

The 12th century sultan Saladin (1138--1193) is the only Muslim leader to sucessfully unite the medieval Islamic world in holy war against the Christian Crusades in Palestine, according to biographer John Man.

Man reveals how Saladin commanded both fear and respect from Muslims and Christians alike, using cleverly applied “hard and soft power,” (brutality and compassion) to outsmart, out manuver, and outfight his many enemies.

Born a Kurd, Saladin was trained for war and leadership by his father and uncle, eventually ruling Egypt, Syria, Nubia, the Maghreb region, Palestine, and western Arabia, fighting the Crusaders for control of Jerusalem in a dazzling series of battles, sieges, court intrigues, and clever negotiations. His most famous foe was England’s King Richard the Lionheart, who led the third Crusade. Sheer political, economic, and battle fatique ended the Crusade at a draw.

Reference:
“In Review,” Miltary Officer Magazine, August, 2016, N.Y., Page 18.

Respectfully Submitted;
Marcus Audens
Marcus Minucius Audens
 

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