“Artful and intelligent . . . . Kaplan''s book has made its own mark. . . I am able to feel the sense of an exotic and timeless part of the world.” — Bob Hoover, Pittsburg Post-Gazette “[Kaplan] helps the distant past resonate today. . . . [He] teaches lessons that are informative and concise.” –The Washington Post Book World“A writer of extraordinary intellect and passion . . . with a wonderfully lucid way of relating history as a living thing.” –San Francisco Chronicle“Erudite and intrepid. . . . [Kaplan] is a deft guide to wherever he chooses to lead you.” –The New York Times
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