Books: Speakable Turk

SULEIMAN THE MAGNIFICENT [370 pp.) —Harold Lamb—Doubleday ($5).

For a few wild weeks in the summer of 1529, it seemed to be the end of Europe. The Unspeakable Turk, Sultan Suleiman Khan, had smashed the Hungarian capital of Buda and thundered on, 170 incredible miles in one week, to the gates of Vienna. In an instant, Europe broke off its feuds. France and the Holy Roman Empire patched up a quick truce; even the Pope and Martin Luther buried the ecclesiastical mace for the time being. Twenty days later it was all over, and everybody felt a bit silly. The invader packed...

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