Shortly before 5pm on Saturday 1 September 1928 Europe gained a new kingdom and its only Muslin king: 32-year-old Zog I of Albania. Zog I was a crucial figure in modern Albanian history, creating - or attempting to create - national and cultural identity for a country that had known little stability or sense of identity since the middle ages. He was also the most unusual monarch of the 20th century, described by contemporaries as: "a despotic brigand"; "the modern Naploeon"; "Mussolini's lackey"; "the finest patriot"; "frankly a cad." This biography shows Zog as the product of a unique time and place. People who live in secure, stable countries are invited to set aside their assumptions about European monarchy and meet a king who fired back at assassins and paid his bills with gold bars.
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Review: King ZogUser Review - Monty Milne - Goodreads
A fascinating tale of a colourful kleptocrat. He was not without talent and even a certain charm, but his toleration of corruption did his people no favours. There was much interesting information in this book which is not easily found elsewhere. Read full review
Review: King Zog: Self-Made Monarch of AlbaniaUser Review - Adam - Goodreads
This well-written, interestingly detailed account of Zog's life in Albania, and then later in exile, includes a chapter about the Western Allies attempts to wrest Albania from the Communists in the 1950s. Read full review