Stamos with 'Ghost Empire' by Richard Fidler (2016). From State Library of South Australia Facebook post, 22 December 2016: "As we close the book on 2016, some of us at the Library have decided to share our favourite books read this year. Stamos is a Community Learning Librarian who guides students and researchers through the, sometimes byzantine, world of the Library's collections. #ourfavouritereadsin2016 'Ghost Empire' by Richard Fidler (2016). A history of the Byzantine Empire from its establishment by the Emperor Constantine in 330 AD to its fall to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. It is an ambitious project, which succeeds in providing an accessible, entertaining and fascinating coverage of this important but now little-known empire. Interspersed with the historical narrative are digressions on his relationship with his teenage son who the author took to Istanbul (modern Constantinople). I enjoyed his witty writing, for example his observation about the transformation of the symbol for Melusine to a coffee logo: Melusine, once the emblem of unearthly feminine power, has become the face of understrength, oversweetened American coffee. - Stamos"