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Caroline finkels book osmans dream is a useful book on the history of the ottoman empire it starts with the dream of the first sultan osman he is said to have dreamt about a large tree growing from his navel its shade encompassed large parts of the world including distant mountains and mighty rivers. Buy osmans dream the story of the ottoman empire 1300 1923 by finkel caroline isbn 8601404871160 from amazons book store everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Osmans dream the history of the ottoman empire is a blow by blow account of the rise and fall of one of the worlds most interesting empires the ottomans started as a tribal group under the leadership of osman carving out a space for themselves on the western coast of anatolia under the shadow of the waning roman empire in constantinople. Osmans dream is a deeply sympathetic compelling and highly readable account of the rise and fall of an immensely complex and dynamic society which at its height was the most the most far reaching and the most powerful empire the world had ever seen