By James Reston Jr.

A bestselling historian recounts the epic conflict that ended the Renaissance and driven Islam to the gates of Vienna

In Warriors of God and Dogs of God, James Reston, Jr., introduced epochal occasions within the fight among Islam and Christendom to readers desirous to comprehend the roots of the present-day clash. together with his unwavering eye for element, Reston now weaves an enthralling narrative that examines a pivotal interval in that centuries-long warfare, which stumbled on Europe at its so much weak and Islam at the assault. This saga of colliding worlds is propelled by means of stunning younger sovereigns—the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the Turkish sultan Suleyman the Magnificent—and is supported by means of a variety of larger-than-life characters, who lend this meticulously researched historical past a novel's worthy of suspense and brio.

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At the same time, two pioneers were wounded on the wires. One had a ricochet through both legs, the other a ball through his ear. In the morning, the sentry on our left flank was shot through both cheekbones. The blood spurted out of him in thick gouts. And, to cap it all, when Lieutenant von Ewald, visiting our sector to take pictures of sap N barely fifty yards away, turned to climb down from the outlook, a bullet shattered the back of his skull and he died on the spot. Large fragments of skull were left littering the sentry platform.

They picked me up on their stretcher and carried me back to their dressing-station in a dugout covered over with tree branches, where I spent the night, pressed together with many other wounded men. An exhausted medic stood in the throng of groaning men, bandaging, injecting and giving calm instructions. I pulled a dead man's coat over me, and fell into a sleep that incipient fever lit with lurid dreams. Once, in the middle of the night, I awoke, and saw the doctor still working by the light of a lamp.

They picked me up on their stretcher and carried me back to their dressing-station in a dugout covered over with tree branches, where I spent the night, pressed together with many other wounded men. An exhausted medic stood in the throng of groaning men, bandaging, injecting and giving calm instructions. I pulled a dead man's coat over me, and fell into a sleep that incipient fever lit with lurid dreams. Once, in the middle of the night, I awoke, and saw the doctor still working by the light of a lamp.

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