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The War of the Three Gods: Romans, Persians and the Rise of Islam

by Peter Crawford

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I am not sure why. Maybe my focus or background in this period of history, but I started this book and gave up very quickly (in chapter 1). I may come back later but could not get into a flow. The writing seemed disjointed to me.
  vanjr | Oct 4, 2015 |
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"By some strange fatality, we find the gods more propitious when we are at war than when we are at peace." - Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus (Livy III.19)

"Worst book ever." - Niall Harrigan
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'The War of the Three Gods' is a military history of the Near and Middle East in the seventh century, with heavy focus on the Eastern Roman Emperor Heraclius (AD 610-641). Peter Crawford skilfully narrates the three-way struggle between the Christian Roman, Zoroastrian Persian and Islamic Arab empires, a period peopled with fascinating characters, including Heraclius, Khusro II and the Prophet Muhammad himself. Many of the epic battles and sieges are described in as much detail as possible including Nineveh, Yarmuk, Qadisiyyah and Nahavand, Jerusalem and Constantinople.… (more)

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