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Alexander of Macedon, 356-323 B.C.: A Historical Biography Hardcover – Aug 5 1991

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  • Hardcover: 617 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; New edition edition (Aug. 5 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520071654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520071650
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #223,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There's no shortage of biographies available on Alexander the Great, but Peter Green's Alexander of Macedon is one of the finest. The prose is crisp and clear, and within a few pages readers become absorbed in the world that made Alexander, and then the story of how Alexander remade it. Green writes, "Alexander's true genius was as a field-commander: perhaps, taken all in all, the most incomparable general the world has ever seen. His gift for speed, improvisation, variety of strategy; his cool-headedness in a crisis; his ability to extract himself from the most impossible situations; his mastery of terrain; his psychological ability to penetrate the enemy's intentions--all these qualities place him at the very head of the Great Captains of history." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Alexander the Great, as portrayed in Green's vibrant, immensely readable biography, was a megalomaniac, a ruthless murderer of civilians, a charmingly persuasive liar who bribed his own troops and a political opportunist supremely indifferent to the idealistic yearnings later ascribed to him. Pulling together circumstantial evidence, Green conjectures that Alexander conspired with his mother, Olympias, in the murder of his father, King Philip II of Macedonia, who was assassinated by a former homosexual lover. History leaps off the page in this passionate narrative. A professor of classics at the University of Texas, Green strips away romantic legends to lay bare an Orwellian tyrant whose unbroken ascent to absolute power led to his estrangement from reality. History Book Club main selection; BOMC alternate.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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