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Nigel CliffCrowley…has a fine eye for a set piece. He writes with a racy briskness that lifts sea battles and sieges off the page…In between…he gives judicious, detailed accounts of Venice's legal system and colonial policies, pepped up with grisly tales of enemies hacked, impaled or roasted alive. The grand story is enlivened by a wealth of well-chosen quotations and by Crowley's evident ambivalence toward his subjects.
—The New York Times Book Review