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John Julius NorwichThe first paragraph of the jacket copy for Venice: Lion City hails it as a tour de force. Blurb writers, like writers of epitaphs, are not on oath, but in this case I can only agree. Of Garry Wills' 23 previous books, more than half are on American history and several on various aspects of religion; he is also an adjunct professor of history at Northwestern University. There is no indication anywhere that he knows anything about Venice. But he does; my word, he does. He seems to have left not a book unread, not a church unvisited, not a painting, sculpture or mosaic unconsidered. Not a single one of Ruskin's stones has been left unturned. I have been in love with Venice all my life and writing about it for more than 30 years, yet it is scarcely an exaggeration to say that I have learned something new about the city on every page.
—The Los Angeles Times Book Review