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Xenophon's Cyrus the Great: The Arts of Leadership and War [Paperback]

Xenophon , Larry Hedrick
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April 3 2007
In 1906, a stilted English translation of Xenophon of Athens' story about Cyrus the Great's military campaigns was published. Now, a century later, a much more accessible edition of one of history's most extraordinary and successful leaders is emerging.
Among his many achievements, this great leader of wisdom and virtue founded and extended the Persian Empire; conquered Babylon; freed 40,000 Jews from captivity; wrote mankind's first human rights charter; and ruled over those he had conquered with respect and benevolence.
According to historian Will Durant, Cyrus the Great's military enemies knew that he was lenient, and they did not fight him with that desperate courage which men show when their only choice is "to kill or die." As a result the Iranians regarded him as "The Father," the Babylonians as "The Liberator," the Greeks as the "Law-Giver," and the Jews as the "Anointed of the Lord."
By freshening the voice, style and diction of Cyrus, Larry Hedrick has created a more contemporary Cyrus. A new generation of  readers, including business executives and managers, military officers, and government officials, can now learn about and benefit from Cyrus the Great's extraordinary achievements, which exceeded all other leaders' throughout antiquity.

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"Xenophone's Cyrus--the earliest book on the subject--is still the best book on leadership."--Peter F. Drucker
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Twenty-five hundred years ago, Cyrus, a great Persian leader of wisdom and virtue, created the Persian Empire, conquered Babylon, freed forty thousand Jews from captivity, wrote mankind's first human rights charter, and ruled over those he had defeated with respect and benevolence.

The Iranians came to regard Cyrus as "The Father," the Babylonians as "The Liberator," and the Jews as "The Anointed of the Lord." The Greeks called him "The Law Giver," and, a century after Cyrus's death, an admiring Xenophon of Athens wrote an epic account of his many leadership principles at war and at peace.

By freshening the voice, style, and diction that Xenophon ascribed to Cyrus, Larry Hedrick has fashioned a more immediate Cyrus. A new generation of readers, including executives, managers, and military officers, can now learn from Cyrus's unparalleled leadership and wisdom in Xenophon's classic narrative.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the name of Iran Nov. 28 2006
Format:Hardcover
The author of this book Mr. Larry HEDRICK have done great research in order to bring into light King of kings Cyrus the Great humanitrian achievements to readers attention. Truly, King Cyrus the Great was father of Persia/Iran, and liberator of Babylonians, law giver to Greek and messiah for Jews.

I hope in today's world, a leader same as Cyrus would emerge in political world and save us from this path of destruction.

Thank you Mr. Larry HEDRICK for reflecting light on Iran's heritage and enlighten Iranians and others of this great man's virtue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Sept. 6 2013
By Reza
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Cyrus the Great changed the world in 2500 years ago. A great leader and founder that we must learn about him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Aug. 7 2014
By Colleen
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Great book. Lots of takeaways.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lessons in Ethical Leadership from an Epic Tale of Success May 22 2006
By Larry Hedrick - Published on Amazon.com
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As the editor of "Xenophon's Cyrus the Great," I'd like to take this opportunity to tell you a little more about my version of this amazing ancient classic. The foremost management guru of recent times, Peter F. Drucker, read my manuscript before it was published, and he wrote this endorsement for use on its dust jacket: "'Xenophon's Cyrus,' the first book on the subject, is still the best book on leadership." Here's just a touch of background: Cyrus, the founder of the Persian empire, was an enlightened monarch who flourished 2,500 years ago. A century later, Xenophon of Athens so admired Cyrus' methods that he preserved them in history's first full-fledged treatment of wise and heroic leadership. This book presents its leadership lessons in the context of an epic story--the story of a vast power struggle. In narrating the events of Cyrus' life, Xenophon shows you, the reader, how to conduct meetings, become an expert negotiator, deal efficiently with allies, communicate by appealing to the self-interest of your followers, encourage the highest standards of performance, insure that your organization has the benefit of specialists, and prove that your words will be backed by your deeds. In recounting the achievements of Cyrus the Great, Xenophon wanted above all to provide lessons in ethical leadership, for he was convinced that honest, moral leaders succeed far more often than corrupt and evasive types. The result was a captivating leadership classic with unique qualities--a classic that's distinguished both by its suspenseful story line and the priceless advice that it offers to today's business professionals and leaders in all walks of life.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Would be five stars, but... May 8 2006
By rjones2818 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The author/editor of the book takes a few liberties.

1) The book is abridged.

2) He re-writes the book in first person from Cyrus' point-of-view.

Even so, it is well worth reading, although I would suggest the Loeb translations.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Accomplishment Aug. 7 2006
By ScipioColumbus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A very readable version of one of the most remarkable books ever written. Hats off to Mr. Hedrick for making this ancient text seem so contemporary, without undermining the historical integrity of the work. I am a big fan of making the classics accessible to the average reader and Mr. Hedrick has done that. This would be a great gift for the recent high school or college grad. We can only hope that he is working on something similar for Xenophon's Persian Expedition, another ancient text that is rich in contemporary lessons.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cyrus the Great a true hero and a legend July 16 2006
By ghalekhany - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The book is based on 1906 translation by Henry Graham Dakyns and the Book of Ezra in the Old Testament which describes the liberation of Hebrews from their Babylonian captivity.

Xenophon describes the unique character of Cyrus the Great in details and his vision to bring a new order to the world and to replace injustice with justice and balance.

He formed a government that can still serve as a model for all those who thirst for justice and the virtue that lived in him will live on in everyone who cherishes his achievements.

His faith was deep and genuine and he believed in kindness, freedom, dignity .A true hero, a champion of human right.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the name of Iran July 24 2006
By Peyman ADLDOUSTI - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The author of this book Mr. Larry HEDRICK have done great research in order to bring into light King of kings Cyrus the Great humanitrian achievements to readers attention. Truly, King Cyrus the Great was father of Persia/Iran, and liberator of Babylonians, law giver to Greek and messiah for Jews.

I hope in today's world, a leader same as Cyrus would emerge in political world and save us from this path of destruction.

Thank you Mr. Larry HEDRICK for reflecting light on Iran's heritage and enlighten Iranians and others of this great man's virtue.
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