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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (April 26 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142004375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142004371
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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THE WORLD OF THE GREEKS extended from scattered cities on the south coast of Spain at the far western end of the Mediterranean to the eastern shore of the Black Sea in the east. Read the first page
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rick Broadaway on June 24 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have long wanted to read Thucydides but decided to read Kagan's work on the subject first in order to familarize myself with the historical terrain. For this purpose, the book is well suited since it both sums up some of the period covered by Thucydides and includes events that occurred after his death (before the end of the war). It also provides enough of the social, philosophical, and literary background to whet one's appetite to read more. Many of the most famous figures from Greek history were alive during or near the time of the war and were influenced by it. Plato, for instance, formed his political views in response to what he viewed as the failings of democracy. Euripides wrote his tragedies during a time when the common people of Athens were suffering tragedy on a daily basis caused by the siege of Athens by Spartan troops and the gradual disintegration of its empire.
Although I am sure that Mr. Kagan struggled with what to exclude from this scaled-down version of his longer work on the Peloponnesian War, I sometimes felt that he was rushing through certain sections, as if he were tired of expounding on the details of certain battles or the principals who took part in them. He is at his best when describing the dramatic defeat of Athens in the Sicilian campaign or when following the changing allegiances of Alcibiades or when explicating the political and strategic nuances of the war from all points of view. But, the drama of the story-telling starts to drag right at the moment it should build - the Fall of Athens. The last chapters of the book are anti-climactic in my opinion. Though, perhaps one could argue that that is the way with wars, especially wars of attrition, and both the Athenians and the Spartans had pretty much had enough of the whole thing. It is too bad that reality doesn't always make for good reading: maybe on this score Mr. Kagan and Thucydides both could learn a lesson from Herodotus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rodge TOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 1 2013
Format: Paperback
The only way you could possibly write with such insight and understanding about a conflict so long gone, is by living and breathing the sources behind our understanding of it. Kagan has done just that, and has given us a beautiful gift with this 1 volume history of the Peloponnesian War. Kagan is also a fine writer. The story is complex with many characters coming and going throughout the drama, but Kagan does a fine job of maintaining clarity and helping the reader to understand the logic of the action. Kagan is also sceptical in the best sense, reading between the lines and carefully analyzing every story - nothing is dismissed out of hand, but no reasonable explanation is dismissed either.

Really, reviewing this book is beyond me - I must simply restate that this is history writing at its very finest.
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I bought this book after listening to Donald Kagan's wonderful ancient greek history podcast on iTunes. This book is easy to read, never boring and quite complete. Donald Kagan is not shy about sharing his own insights and opinions about the war, much in Thucydides' style ;).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bibliophile on June 12 2004
Format: Hardcover
I understand this is a sort of summary/abridgment of Kagan's 4-volume work on this subject. But I'm still a little bothered by the fact that in 500 pages of narrative there is not a single source note anywhere.
Also, the "Sources" chapter at the end, only 3-and-a-half pages long, contains a bibliographic essay with very few monographs titles, and none in original Greek - not even Thucydides's. Based on my limited impression, Kagan can hardly be called a classical scholar, only a specialist in ancient military history - the sort one might find in one or two professors at West Point (and indeed Kagan has a son who happens to be just that).
It doesn't bother me that Kagan has a tendency to draw parallels between current events and ancient ones. He does so elsewhere, and not in this book. (I should add by the way that his knowledge of any kind of history is strictly limited to that of the West, except for the 20th century). What bothers me is that Kagan is touted as a great classicist whose work on the Peloponnesian War is the final word for the time being, a claim absurd enough to make an Oxford undergrad in Lit. Hum. wince.
Still, this book reads fast and will do for the general reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 28 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for those desirous of a single volume reference to the Peloponnesian War. All the facts are here, and the maps are excellent and numerous. As an entertainment, though, forget it. Kagan is obviously bent on providing a simple, relatively brief history (short chapters make for easy reading), but his writing style is so pedestrian and bereft of passion that it is a challenge maintaining your interest. Every page reads like the bare bones summary of an interesting story, one that I'd like to read a good book about some day. But Kagan is definitely no story-teller. Anyone looking for an engaging, immersive read might want to pass on this one.
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Format: Paperback
Sure you could read all three comprehensive books written by Kagan to get a really in-depth lesson on the Peloponnesian War, but for the casual history buff this is much easier. The book is not short on details though. In 494 pages Kagan does an outstanding job of covering the entire Peloponnesian War from start to finish, giving the reading a thorough understanding of the entire affair. Anyone interested in Greek history ought to read this book, and even then you will have just touched the tip of the iceberg for a country whose history is as vast as any other civilization on Earth.
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