About the clash between the Ottoman empire and Europe for control of the "center of the world" - the Mediterranean sea, which was, until the discovery of the Americas, the place to be in terms of trade.
Well written, and he adds a lot of detail that makes it more than just a
collection of facts and dates. Venice gets mentioned a lot, and not
always in the best light, although to me the fact that they were more
interested in trading rather than fighting sounds mostly positive. Not
for the faint of heart: there were some pretty gruesome things that
both sides did to one another - I guess life was cheap and suffering
abounded in those days.