Thomas Madden's newest book promises the reader to be a concise and accurate history of one of the most misunderstood, and twisted parts of the worlds history.
Well... He delivers.. Sort of...
Although he very clearly and also in an interesting way, explains medieval history, the period, the little interesting tidbits that open ones eyes to what it was truly like back then. I feel also he uses this very good, and accurate accounting od that interesting period, as way way to deliver his version of why some who are Muslim do not like Christians.
He makes huge comparisons from past to present, and although some of them do stick, most of them are more some weird type of attempt to explain away the modern diversities between Christians and Muslims.
Editing is spot on, the book is well laid out, well presented. He has done a lot of research and that shows. Overall the book is really interesting, and he would gather top marks if were not for his pulling out the soap box to stand on with this book.
Overall he gets a solid.