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Saturday, March 17, 2007

the assault on jerusalem

the assault on jerusalem, by steven runciman

i'm still trying to catch up on a backlog of reviews that i haven't posted since my christmas reading frenzy. and now christmas has slipped a quarter of a year into history - but, soon i will be up to date.

this is a book that anna gave me for christmas. it is actually one of these brilliant condensed penguin volumes that were released to celebrate penguin's 70th anniversary. this book comes from a larger work called 'a history of the crusades' (published in 1965), and tells the story of the first crusade.

at 56 pages it is an easily manageable dose of history written in an easy-to-read style that is quite unbiased. maybe i'll even read the entire work one day. but i am definitely keen on these little penguin editions.

on the stereo: 'photograph' by air, from the album 'pocket symphony'.

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