Title: The Urban Sea: Cities of the Mediterranean
Author: Dennis Hardy
Publisher: Blue Gecko Books
Publication Date: 2013
Source: Free Copy from Author
The Mediterranean is an
urban sea. Some of the world's most famous cities are clustered in this
remarkably compact area. They have extraordinary stories to tell.
the earliest stirrings of civilization in the region to the Arab Spring
these coastal cities have been on the frontline of change. Little has
passed them by. Their histories are often measured in millennia, yet
they remain highly topical in the modern world.
The Mediterranean is at
one the world's most important cultural crossroads, a rich source of
progress in many ways but also notoriously volatile. It is a part of the
world where change itself is a by-word. In this modern odyssey, the
reader is invited to trace the shoreline of the Mediterranean from its
meeting with the Atlantic in the west to the Levant in the east; from
the lands of southern Europe across the sea to the deserts of North
Africa. (Goodreads Synopsis)
The Urban Sea is an interesting read that considers the history and legacy of some of the Mediterranean cities. The book is split into regions, each focusing on three cities with descriptions of their history, their influence and their place within the region.
The Urban Sea is a fascinating blend of travel guide and history book, illustrated with a number of black and white photographs that add life to each city description.
Some of the cities interested me more than others, but all are described in such a way that Hardy's passion for the subject really shines through.
This is a wonderful book for someone interested in the history and life of the Mediterranean who has been looking for a good place to start their reading.
Disclaimer: I know the author and received a copy of this book in return for advising him on its publication.