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Ghost Empire - Richard Fidler

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Published: 25th July 2016
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In 2014, Richard Fidler and his son Joe made a journey to Istanbul. Fired by Richard's passion for the rich history of the dazzling Byzantine Empire - centred around the legendary Constantinople - we are swept into some of the most extraordinary tales in history. The clash of civilizations, the fall of empires, the rise of Christianity, revenge, lust, murder. Turbulent stories from the past are brought vividly to life at the same time as a father navigates the unfolding changes in his relationship with his son.

Ghost Empire is a revelation: a beautifully written ode to a lost civilization, and a warmly observed father-son adventure far from home.

About the Author

Richard Fidler presents Conversations With Richard Fidler, an in-depth, up close and personal interview program broadcast across Australia on ABC Radio. He's interviewed prime ministers, astronauts, writers and scientists, but the program often features remarkable people who are unknown to the wider world. The program is the most popular podcast in Australia, with over a million downloaded programs every month. In another life Richard was a member of Australian comedy trio The Doug Anthony Allstars (DAAS), which played to audiences all over the world.

This is his first book.

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4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Informative (12)
  • Well written (10)
  • Easy to read (8)
  • Page-turner (6)
  • Deserves multiple readings (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Gift (9)
  • Travel reading (9)
  • Reference (6)
  • Older readers (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Bookworm (7), Everyday reader (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fun History

I have just finished "Ghost Empire" by Richard Fidler and what a delightful read it was! Basically it's a popular, easy to read, history of Constantinople. The narrative is...Read complete review

I have just finished "Ghost Empire" by Richard Fidler and what a delightful read it was! Basically it's a popular, easy to read, history of Constantinople. The narrative is mixed in with a personal account of the modern version of this city that the author and his son, Joe, experienced and observed during the trip from Rome to Istanbul in 2014.

I have read both John Julius Norwich's masterly and detailed trilogy on Byzantium and the various volumes of the "History of the Wars" by the Byzantine historian Procopius, both excellent accounts in their different ways. However if you want just one good book to read on this subject then I reckon you can't go past "Ghost Empire".

I am sure once you finish the book you will want to rush out and find more titles on the subject. The story is full of accounts of battles and skirmishes with the various enemies the empire faced until its fall in 1453 to Sultan Mehmed II, ruler of the Ottoman Turks. There are also accounts of palace intrigues, Constantinople's relationship with old Rome and the West and the role of religion in the city and empire.

We hear of great Byzantium generals like Belisarius and palace eunuchs like Narses who also led armies in Italy against the enemies of the empire. We read tales of great empresses like Theodora and Irene of Athens amongst others. The book never gets boring or stale, I found myself riveted to the page, flicking through the 453 pages of narrative (492 pages in total) in a matter of days.

Like I said earlier, this is a easy to read book full of great history on Constantinople and commentary on the modern city of Istanbul. If you have been to the city it will bring back fond memories of your visit and if you haven't been to the city I am sure that after reading this account you will be going sometime soon.

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Good Book

A somewhat chatty book, possibly in order to appeal to a broad readership. Occasionally with interesting details, such as the origin of chess. Always easy to read and engaging, filled with details...Read complete review

A somewhat chatty book, possibly in order to appeal to a broad readership. Occasionally with interesting details, such as the origin of chess. Always easy to read and engaging, filled with details of daily life through the ages.

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5.0

Engrossing

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from Narrabeen, Sydney

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Informative
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Reference
    • Travel Reading

    Comments about Ghost Empire:

    Loved this book. Well researched with some fascinating observations and insights, and for me, a fresh viewpoint on the Roman outpost. As a travel read, a must if you are thinking of visiting Turkey; Istanbul especially. But there is also a father-son journey at its heart which is why I've bought a copy for my son to enjoy with His son.

     
    5.0

    Excellent book

    By 

    from Adelaide, SA

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Informative
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Reference
      • Travel Reading

      Comments about Ghost Empire:

      I'm only part of the way through this book and I'm finding it a fascinating read and I'm learning so much. I highly recommend it. I quite often find myself on google maps checking locations and learning a bit more. The only downside for me (and this is to do with the era as opposed to the writing) is that there were so many players/characters in that time, that it gets a little confusing remembering who is who.

       
      4.0

      Informative but light and easy

      By 

      from Bangalow

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      Pros

      • Easy To Read
      • Informative

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel Reading

        Comments about Ghost Empire:

        Nice father and son real experiences and lovely expose of a little known facet of our history.

         
        5.0

        Thoroughly enjoyable and informative.

        By 

        from SE NSW

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        Pros

        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Easy To Read
        • Informative
        • Page-Turner
        • Well Written

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gift
          • Older Readers
          • Reference
          • Travel Reading
          • Younger Readers

          Comments about Ghost Empire:

          A wonderful and informative book. Richard Fidler clearly enjoys his subject.

           
          5.0

          Excellent read

          By 

          from Port Macquarie, NSW

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Informative
          • Page-Turner
          • Well Written

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Any history lovers (which I wasn't but am now!)
            • Gift
            • Older Readers
            • Reference
            • Travel Reading

            Comments about Ghost Empire:

            I would not normally choose a book like this for myself however a friend recommended it to me. I absolutely loved reading it and was thoroughly captivated by the stories in it re-told so beautifully and engagingly by Richard Fidler. At times it might not appear as the easiest book to read and requires a certain level of concentration but well worth the effort! I was sorry when I reached the final chapter as would gladly have kept reading - would most definitely read other books by this author and would love to have him as my travel guide.

             
            5.0

            Fun History

            By 

            from Canberra, Australia

            About Me Bookworm

            Pros

            • Easy To Read
            • Informative
            • Well Written

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel Reading

              Comments about Ghost Empire:

              I have just finished "Ghost Empire" by Richard Fidler and what a delightful read it was! Basically it's a popular, easy to read, history of Constantinople. The narrative is mixed in with a personal account of the modern version of this city that the author and his son, Joe, experienced and observed during the trip from Rome to Istanbul in 2014.

              I have read both John Julius Norwich's masterly and detailed trilogy on Byzantium and the various volumes of the "History of the Wars" by the Byzantine historian Procopius, both excellent accounts in their different ways. However if you want just one good book to read on this subject then I reckon you can't go past "Ghost Empire".

              I am sure once you finish the book you will want to rush out and find more titles on the subject. The story is full of accounts of battles and skirmishes with the various enemies the empire faced until its fall in 1453 to Sultan Mehmed II, ruler of the Ottoman Turks. There are also accounts of palace intrigues, Constantinople's relationship with old Rome and the West and the role of religion in the city and empire.

              We hear of great Byzantium generals like Belisarius and palace eunuchs like Narses who also led armies in Italy against the enemies of the empire. We read tales of great empresses like Theodora and Irene of Athens amongst others. The book never gets boring or stale, I found myself riveted to the page, flicking through the 453 pages of narrative (492 pages in total) in a matter of days.

              Like I said earlier, this is a easy to read book full of great history on Constantinople and commentary on the modern city of Istanbul. If you have been to the city it will bring back fond memories of your visit and if you haven't been to the city I am sure that after reading this account you will be going sometime soon.

               
              3.0

              Good Book

              By 

              from Bathurst, NSW, Australia

              About Me Everyday Reader

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Read
              • Informative
              • Page-Turner

              Cons

              • A bit short on references.

              Best Uses

              • Travel Reading

              Comments about Ghost Empire:

              A somewhat chatty book, possibly in order to appeal to a broad readership. Occasionally with interesting details, such as the origin of chess. Always easy to read and engaging, filled with details of daily life through the ages.

               
              5.0

              This product will keep the pages turning

              By 

              from South Australia

              About Me Everyday Reader

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Deserves Multiple Readings
              • Easy To Read
              • Engaging characters
              • Husband didn't want to turn off the light
              • Informative
              • Page-Turner
              • Well Written

              Cons

              • no cons

              Best Uses

              • Anyone interested in history
              • Gift
              • Older Readers
              • Reference
              • Special Needs
              • Travel Reading
              • Younger Readers

              Comments about Ghost Empire:

              My husband snaffled this from our son's Christmas presents. He found he could not put it down; it was just as big a page turner as any mystery or crime novel. He hasn't been so interested in a book in ages.
              Don't forget, although it is un-put-downable, it is history

               
              5.0

              Empire Alive!

              By 

              from ACT

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              Pros

              • Deserves Multiple Readings
              • Easy To Read
              • Engaging characters
              • Informative
              • Page-Turner
              • Well Written

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gift

                Comments about Ghost Empire:

                The Empire is alive ,and you can spend some facinating hours in its spell!
                Well written, elegantly crafted, this is a book for all seasons. A credit to its Author and one for your library.

                 
                5.0

                Well written, interesting and informative

                By 

                from Byron Bay

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Informative
                • Well Written

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gift
                  • Reference

                  Comments about Ghost Empire:

                  Richard Fidler has done extensive research to produce a book that is both historically informative and easy to read.

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                  ISBN: 9780733335259
                  ISBN-10: 073333525X
                  Audience: General
                  Format: Hardcover
                  Language: English
                  Number Of Pages: 512
                  Published: 25th July 2016
                  Publisher: ABC Books
                  Country of Publication: AU
                  Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 16.0  x 4.5
                  Weight (kg): 0.72