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kindle Ð Ghost Empire á 492 pages â ❴BOOKS❵ ⚡ Ghost Empire Author Richard Fidler – GHOST EMPIRE is a rare treasure an utterly captivating blend of the historical and the contemporary realised by a master storyteller In 2014 Richard Fidler and his son Joe made a journey to Istanbul F Ghost EmpiT are brought vividly to life at the same time as a father navigates the unfolding changes in his relationship with his sonGHOST EMPIRE is a revelation a beautifully written ode to a lost civilization and a warmly observed father son adventure far from hom I listened to this book in sections while driving to and from work I found it enormously hard to get out of the car on uite a few occasions This is a 500 page book so there is a lot of listening and it was worth it I knew uite a bit of the history of Constantinople before this book but loved Richard Fidler's approach He chooses to describe parts of his 2014 trip to Istanbul with his son Joe and intertwine what he sees with a 1000 period of history of the city He starts with the Roman Emporer Constantine who builds Constantinople and makes it the capital of the Roman Empire instead of Rome He finishes with it's final fall to the Turks of the Ottoman Empire He tells wonderful stories all the way through and breaks it up beautifully with his own experiences and reflections which both illuminate and contrast with some of the action He is clear that he has chosen to tell stories that are not necessarily factual because they illustrate the times or other points so well I thought his choice of stories were excellent and I enjoyed them all thoroughly He is so good at story telling Who knew? Usually I've heard him interviewingI am a great fan of Richard Fidler's work and I particularly enjoyed listening to this story told in his own voice Unfortunately I did find that there were some production value issues and on a few occasions I found that I was distracted by his 'performance' but given how many hours I was listening to him this isn't much of an issue Well worth reading and highly recommended

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GHOST EMPIRE is a rare treasure an utterly captivating blend of the historical and the contemporary realised by a master storyteller In 2014 Richard Fidler and his son Joe made a journey to Istanbul Fired by Richard's passion for the rich history of the da With this extraordinarily ambitious book Richard Fidler throws himself into telling one of the world’s great stories the rise and fall of Constantinople the magnificent eastern Roman city that endured for 1000 years and saw every aspect of human nature unfold within and outside its imposing wallsFidler is wonderfully fond of storytelling As host since 2005 of the hour long ABC radio program 'Conversations' he has listened as hundreds of people from all walks of Australian life have told him their stories helped along by his warmth curiosity and good humourHe is a master interviewer which is why 'Ghost Empire' appears at first to be a strange and unexpected story for him to attempt to wrap his arms around Reading the opening pages I came to realise that Fidler’s voice is one that is part of my life In addition to its substantial live radio audience Conversations is popular as a podcast and in this book it is impossible not to hear the author speaking the words into a microphone somewhereFar from being a dry jaunt into ancient history however the conceit of this book is that several years ago Fidler travelled to Italy and Turkey with his son Joe then 14 whom he describes as “thin with hair like mine wavy to the point of curly Joe wishes it were straight He likes history and he’s always asking uestions” In just a few words he sketches an outline of his inuisitive progeny that plants itself firmly in the mind and endures throughout this taleViewed in this light 'Ghost Empire' is as much about their relationship as it is about the emperors who ruled Constantinople through times of war and peace Fidler alternates between historical storytelling and conversations with Joe during their month long journeyHe strikes a fine balance between these two narrative threads just when my eyes were beginning to glaze over at the mention of yet another close relative of a soon to be deposed ruler Fidler snaps his fingers by offering a snippet of conversation or by drawing a parallel to Istanbul as Constantinople is today knownSometimes these digressions are no longer than a paragraph but the timing is consistently good Often Fidler’s detailed and passionate retellings of these ancient tales of power deception seduction violence and devotion are framed as the father sharing knowledge with his son It’s a device that works well and offers self deprecating humour as well as striking true insights such as this “For some reason men and boys tend to talk freely side by side rather than face to face So when Joe was little I often took him on long walks with me”So it was on their trip together which ends with a day long trek on foot along the length of the remains of the mighty Theodosian Walls which repelled invading armies until falling to the Ottoman Empire in 1453The easy relationship between the author and his travel companion provides several moving moments but none so than when Fid­ler recounts witnessing Joe’s birth where he surprised himself with an emotional outburst he had not known since childhoodUntil that moment every new dad I’d met had said something glib about the change in life that was coming They would chuckle and tell me to prepare for Phase Two a life of no sleep shitty nappies and not hanging out with the guys any I think this banter is an act of concealment a way of papering over the powerful and unsettling surge of love that fatherhood bringsFidler has a knack for such cutting weighty observation at once light yet loaded with meaning and emotion We already know he is an interviewer of great empathy; now we know he mirrors that skill on the page tooThe beauty of this book is its accessibility It has been written by a man who sits near the centre of Australian culture and his name on the cover will draw many new readers to this old tale It certainly attracted meI did not study ancient history in high school and would not ordinarily find myself reaching for a book about the Byzantine Empire But this complex account is so vividly and thrillingly related that it feels like the beginning of a path for further reading; a book that leads to booksFor the author history has always seemed like a trove of riches and a shield against boredom and melancholy Having absorbed his words I can only agree“The story of how Constantinople flourished into greatness and expired in terrible violence is one of the strangest and most moving stories I know” Fidler writes in the introduction He wanted his son to have that story — and now we do tooReview originally published in The Weekend Australian August 6 2016

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Ghost EmpireZzling 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 pas Richard Fidler is careful to point out that he’s not a historian but a history lover He is a marvellous story teller though He takes us on a roller coaster of a ride telling the history of The Byzantine Empire And what a story from the glory days with Constantinople flourishing as the centre of the empire through the rise and fall of civilisations through the new ideas the violence and the decay And embedded in this descriptions of the city of Constantinople as it was and Istanbul as it is todayAlthough he has provided a careful bibliography Fidler has also delighted the reader with little anecdotes rumours rather than history but adding so much colour to his story The little cameos of some of the main players are fascinating Interwoven with this is the relationship between Richard and his teenage son Joe growing closer together as they explore the history of a lost civilisationThis is a marvellous book telling not just the history of the Byzantine empire but the story of its peoples tribes and cultures Fidler's love for history in general and the Byzantine Empire in particular shines through