Justin Marozzi is a travel writer, historian and political risk consultant. He writes regularly for the Financial Times, Sunday Telegraph and Spectator. His first book, South of Barbary (HarperCollins), told the story of his 1,200-mile crossing of the Libyan Sahara by camel. His second book was the bestselling Tamerlane: Sword of Islam, Conqueror of the World (HarperCollins). His latest projects are a travel history of Herodotus and a satirical novel based on the war in Iraq.
'This book delivers drama through sublime writing, but mainly through marvellous images ... As sharp as the Arabian desert in the midday sun' -- Gerard DeGroot, The Times 'An excellent prelude to Marozzi's previous two books' * Spectator * 'Thoroughly good fun ... The narration moves swiftly but gracefully from episode to episode' * Sunday Times * 'This global turning point is brilliantly narrated by Justin Marozzi in his latest book, with over 100 illustrations ... Marozzi's sense of landscape, helped by photographs of the places described, many of which he knows well, and five appendices from different contemporary sources, gives The Arab Conquests particular immediacy and authenticity' * Catholic Herald * 'Throughout the book, there are spectacular images of well-known Islamic architecture and landscapes ... This is an ideal introduction for the casual reader who wants learn about the early Islamic conquests and the expansion of the caliphate ... Justin Marozzi provides us with a refreshing and fair retelling of arguably the most important and influential social upheaval of the Middle Ages' * Middle East Monitor *