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Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

    Just Fantastic

    Dogs of God is very well written and it is a fast read. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to understand what is going on in the world right now. Also read this book if you are ready to go on an extensive trip to Spain. It will put the whole country into perspective.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2006

    Bias Weaved in History

    Commencing from the cover, especially in comparison to 'Warriors of God', this book subtly but undeniably reaffirms its bias against the Catholic Church and Europeans in general. While no one can seriously argue that the Inquisition was a point of pride in the history of the Church, 'Dogs of God' does history and its readers a disservice by retelling events from the convenience of a moral time machine. Rather than tell a story in a neutral, narrative style, James Reston, Jr. has opted to tell these important events (Inquisition, expulsion of the Moors from Western Europe, discovery of the Americas) from a morally-weighted and far-sighted viewpoint. All character flaws of European figures are prominently elaborated, or exaggerated, while few disparaging remarks can be found relating to Arab characters. Even the title of the book itself, referring to an order of Dominican friars known as the ¿Militia of Christ¿, draws its derogatory name from distorting a reference to the common name later given to the Dominicans (¿Hounds of God¿). While the author acknowledges this once, in the very next sentence and thereafter he refers to the Order, and pretty much any fifteenth century Christian that doesn¿t meet modern-day moral code, as ¿dogs of God¿. By way of example, when Christians are expelled from Arab lands (¿Warriors of God¿) the author presents this time in history as a triumph for a pious mankind. When Arabs are expelled from Christian lands however (¿Dogs of God¿), it is a dark and tragic time in history [that just happened to precede the renaissance, incidentally.] The reader needs to decide for him or herself. Unfortunately this bias comes through, distracts from the flow of the story and detracts from book and author¿s credibility.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2007

    OMG SOOO BORING!

    I had to read this book for social studies and it took me forever to get past the first chapter! don't read it if you don't have to!

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2006

    Bias, but not terribly so

    This was a fantastic book. It does an excellent job of teaching the history of the time while still staying enthralling and interesting. While the other reviewer is correct, it is bias, it is not horribly so. While it does spend far more time on the flaws of the Christian society and tends to gloss over any flaws in the Moors, it does mention them. For example it talks of the incompetence of Boabdil (a ruler of the Moors). Also while it casts much of the Christian actions in a negative light, the book still acknowledges that at the same time it is creating the inquisition, Ferdinand and Isabella are also unifying Spain into one of (if not the) first modern nation and creating a renaissance of literature and art. While there is a little bias, as long as the reader keeps this in mind, it does not distort the history and is still a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2006

    Quick and Exciting Read

    Reston's style flows through the vast expanse of information and facts to bind a coherent, yet limited history of Spain, the Pope, and the New World. It will give you new insight into our present day situation in the Judeo Christian world versus the Islamic world. Individuals should explore this time period. I was not a fan of this time period until reading this book. Overall, the book wrapped up most loose ends, but I wanted to read on.

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