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Beautifully written and chock full of fascinating facts about Czechia's capital. This is the way to read history. I found it more interesting than his book on Istanbul, but this may have been because the Habsburg history is more familiar than the Ottoman story.
An amazing history full of heroism, personal hardship and humour. I now have more understanding of the Czech identity forged through survival of oppressive regimes and persecution. Fidler has a knack for drawing human interest from every historical moment.
Richard Fidler has the ability to take you to a place and let you see, hear and even smell it. We were supposed to go to Prague this year in July. Needless to say, that did not happen, but I found this book worthy compensation for the real thing. And being a post war child, the latter part of the book made me remember so many things, like Alexander Dubcek, and the very sad story of Jan Palach.