James Reston, Jr.

Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade.
Doubleday, 2001

Warriors of God is the rich and engaging account of the Third Crusade (1187-1192 A.D.), a conflict that would shape world history for centuries and which can still be felt in the Middle East and throughout the world today. He offers compelling portraits of Saladin, the wise and highly cultured leader who created a united Arab empire, and Richard the Lionheart, the romantic personification of chivalry who emerges here in his full complexity and contradictions.

Warriors of God has received 9 foreign editions. Great Britain (Faber & Faber); Italy; Spain; Turkey; Korea; China; Arabic; Portugal; and Brazil.

Soon to be a major motion picture from Phoenix Pictures and MGM.

Selected Works

History, Crusades
"Remarkably intimate and engagingly detailed."
--Kirkus Reviews
"Splendid and thrilling....a wonderfully told story."
--The New York Times Book Review
"It is the triumph of the book that Reston himself is able to offer a convincing imitation of a Renaissance man-stepping beyond the Arts/Science dichotomy of the 20th century to tell the story of a society where not only were science and religion regarded as the same side of the coin, but in which their union made sense....a brilliant biography."
--The Washington Post Book World
"Sifting through court poems, Norse sagas, Hungarian folk takes,....Reston constructs a colorful and dramatic story."
--The New York Times Book Review
History of Sport
A dual biography of the great, but flawed hit leader in major league baseball and the former Yale President and Baseball Commissioner who banned Rose from baseball for betting