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Alexander: A History of the Origin and Growth of the Art Of War from the Earliest Times to the Battle of Ipsus, B.C. 301, With a Detailed Account of the Campaigns of the Great Macedonian [Kindle Edition]

Theodore Ayrault Dodge
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Book Description

A classic history of one of the world's greatest military commanders. At the age of 20, Alexander the Great inherited the near-bankrupt kingdom of Macedonia and its small but revolutionary army, built around an unbreakable infantry phalanx and a shock cavalry force. In just ten years, he led this army on a march of conquest across most of the known world: Greece, Asia Minor, the Near East, Egypt, the lands of the Fertile Crescent, and on into what we now know as Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. Undefeated in battle, in his short life he immeasurably changed the course of history.

Theodore Ayrault Dodge's account of the campaigns was first published in 1890, as part of his “Great Captains” series. The author, an experienced military officer and historian, follows the entire career of Alexander the Great, reconstructs his army, his strategy, and all of his battles, and explains his lasting impact on the art of war. The result is a classic military history and biography. This ebook edition includes an active table of contents, reflowable text, and over 200 campaign maps, battle diagrams, and illustrations.

Table of Contents:
 • I. In General.
 • II. Early History of War.
 • III. Early Oriental Armies.
 • IV. Early Greek Armies and Wars.
 • V. Cyrus and Darius. B.C. 558–485.
 • VI. Armies in the Fifth Century B.C.
 • VII. Miltiades – Marathon. B.C. 490.
 • VIII. Brasidas. B.C. 424–422.
 • IX. Xenophon – Agesilaus. B.C. 401–394
 • X. Epaminondas. B.C. 371–362.
 • XI. Philip and Macedon. B.C. 359–336.
 • XII. Philip and His Army. B.C. 359–336.
 • XIII. The Art of Fortification and Sieges.
 • XIV. Alexander and Greece. B.C. 336.
 • XV. The Danube. B.C. 335.
 • XVI. Pelium. B.C. 335.
 • XVII. Thebes. B.C. 335.
 • XVIII. Off For Asia. B.C. 334.
 • XIX. Battle of the Granicus. May, B.C. 334.
 • XX. Sardis, Miletus, Halicarnassus. Fall, B.C. 334.
 • XXI. To the Taurus. Winter, B.C. 331–333.
 • XXII. Cilicia. Summer and fall, B.C. 333.
 • XXIII. Issus. November, B.C. 333.
 • XXIV. Tyre. November, B.C. 333, to August, B.C. 332.
 • XXV. Gaza and Egypt. September, B.C. 332, to Spring, B.C. 331.
 • XXVI. On to Babylon. Spring to September, B.C. 331.
 • XXVII. Arbela, October 1, B.C. 331.
 • XXVIII. Babylon, Susa. The Uxians. October to December, B.C. 331.
 • XXIX. The Persian Gates. December, B.C. 331, to March, B.C. 330.
 • XXX. Darius. March to July, B.C. 330.
 • XXXI. Bessus. July to Fall, B.C. 330.
 • XXXII. Philotas. Fall, B.C. 330.
 • XXXIII. The Caucasus. Fall, B.C. 330, to May, B.C. 329.
 • XXXIV. The Jaxartes. Summer, B.C. 329.
 • XXXV. Spitamenes. Summer, B.C. 329, to Fall, B.C. 328.
 • XXXVI. Clitus. Winter, B.C. 329–328.
 • XXXVII. Roxana. Winter, B.C. 328–327.
 • XXXVIII. The Cophen Country. May, B.C. 327, to Winter.
 • XXXIX. Aornus. Late Winter, B.C. 326.
 • XL. Porus. March to May, B.C. 326.
 • XLI. Battle of the Hydaspes. May, B.C. 326.
 • XLII. The Five Rivers. May to July, B.C. 326.
 • XLIII. Turning Back. July to October, B.C. 386.
 • XLIV. The Mallians. November, B.C. 326, to February, B.C. 326.
 • XLV. Gedrosia. February, B.C. 326, to February, B.C. 324.
 • XLVI. Mutiny. July, B.C. 324.
 • XLVII. Babylon. August, B.C. 324, to June, B.C. 323.
 • XLVIII. The Man and Soldier.
 • XLIX. The Successors of Alexander. Eumenes and Antiognus. Philopœmen.
 • Appendix A. Some Ancient Marches.
 • Appendix B. Losses in Some Ancient Battles.
 • Appendix C. Marches of Alexander.
 • Appendix D. Genealogy of Alexander.
 • Appendix E. List of Dates.

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"[Describes] Alexander's Faniastic Militaryachievements... with great skill and charm."

About the Author

Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Ayrault Dodge (1842–1909) served in the New York volunteer infantry during the Civil War. His books include Alexander, Hannibal, The Campaign of Chancellorsville, A Bird's Eye View of Our Civil War, Gustavus Adolphus, Cesar,and Napoleon (in four volumes).

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First of the Great Captains, Unveiled September 12, 2000
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This book is not a biography -- it is a military history of the art of war during ancient times, with Alexander the Great prominently featured. This volume is the first of five (the next three also published by Da Capo Press) that the author uses to describe and prescribe the art of war. In this inaugural book, Dodge effectively defines his terms, principally the term strategy. This is important because this theme is progressed through the times and actions of Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, Gustavus Adolphus, and Napoleon.
Dodge's unique contribution to the subject comes from a few persepectives: first, Dodge was a soldier in the Union Army. His books were all published before the turn of the 20th century. He has often physically walked the terrain, studied the topography, and diligently compares the ancient accounts with common sense observation, with some surprising conclusions. Second, Dodge concentrates on what he is qualified to judge, military operations, tactics, leadership, and morale. He is not interesting in court politics, who loved whom, or how much it cost to outfit an elefant for battle. Many times these aspects are presented, but the author makes pains to state his inability to interpret such events. What he does do is to bring to life the man, his armies, battles, and campaigns. Most of all, the reader gets the sense of the Great Captain's position in the military story of man.
There are some weaknesses. There is a sense of "post holing" as Dodge attempts to cover 3000 years of military history and innovation. At times, the military aspects receives more attention than it should, and the books ends rather abruptly instead of leading into the next volume: Hannibal.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spendid Classic August 1, 2005
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Its good to see the works of Dodge in print again. His six volumes chronicling the history and development of warfare were classics of their kind. Written in the 1880s, these books still have a lot to say about this subject. Granted some of the information on the organiaztion and tactics of ancient armies may be somewhat dated. Also Dodge's somewhat jaundiced view toward Asian non-western armies may seem a bit out of date in these hyper-politically correct times, but his opinions are always insightful and interesting.

What makes this history of Alexander different is the background development of ancient warfare leading up to his time, as well as the purely military analysis. The reader gets a first-rate discussion of military development and innovation before his time which places the Macedonian army and Alexander in greater perspective. You won't find this kind of depth in many other histories on Alexander. Other than JFC Fuller's analysis on Alexander's generalship, there are precious few works that devote much time to this most important aspect of his life. Whatever else Alexander was, and he was, and remains many different things to different people, he was, first and foremost, a great military genius. This is what we should remember him most for. Many more recent works often forget this important aspect, and place too much emphasis on his character. Many biographers try to read too much into his actions, and have their own agendas to pursue in discussing Alexander's actions. This must have been so in Dodges day as well as he often comments on this tendency.

One of the great things about Dodge is his often candid and frank observations. His writing style is also smooth and elegant. Too bad more historians today don't have this style of elegance anymore.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A semenal work that should become a classic. September 23, 2002
Alexander by Theodore Dodge is a beautifully written book that delves into all relevant areas relating to Alexander's fight to spread Hellenism. The book gives detailed and unequivoval accounts of his great battles. It also gives one a good understanding for what military technology was available to Alexander at the time. It also focuses on the enemies of Alexander and their military strengths and developments. Theodore Dodge is a military historian and thus he does not go into the culture of both greece and Persia as much as I would have like him to. It is amazing how his work can still remain an authority after 100 years since its first publication. This shows what a great book it is and what an objective writer Theodore Dodge truly is. I have also read Hannibal and Caesar by the same author, and I find them equally great.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Here Mr. Dodge has broken down Alexander into the general that all can understand. I myself have been to Granicus, Issus, Tyre, and Gugamela I consider myself luck to see where Alexander won great victories and Mr Dodge show how these battles unfolded and how Alexander exploited the Persians at every battle they met.' Shows Darius as he really was, a coward and no true leader. Alexander is complex but very shallow in according to Mr. Dodge To the average reader I reccommed this book. To the avid historian and military historiand I recommed J.F.C. Fuller's The Generalship of Alexander the Great. Required reading at West Point and Command and General Staff School Thank You Dennis E. Medick
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Theodore Ayrault Dodge one of the best Military Historians
Theodore Dodge is the best military writer I have ever read. I write analyses of historical battles and I find his reports of battles highly reliable, as reliable as military... Read more
Published 3 days ago by yongbing1
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Incredible research and detail. Although written many years ago, the author is meticulous in his descriptions of all the major campaigns
Published 4 months ago by Kurt Strand
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book that takes a matter of fact approach to ...
Excellent book that takes a matter of fact approach to Alexander's actions. Although it talks much about marches, distances, and the names of ancient rivers, this actions described... Read more
Published 4 months ago by E K
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read, tons of information
Theodore Dodge’s publication Alexander chronicles the military history of the world from the “early history of war. Read more
Published on December 10, 2012 by matt
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book as is though......See below!
I've bought Theodore Dodge's books: Alexander, Hannibal, Gustavus Adolphus and own Vol. I & II of Napoleon and I will order Volumes 3 & 4 soon enough.

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Published on August 17, 2010 by Steve
4.0 out of 5 stars A military history
This is an interesting book to read. It was written in the late 1800's by a former soldier with an eye toward conveying the military aspects of Alexander's achievements (Dodge... Read more
Published on April 1, 2009 by J. Chad Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent secondary work - worth reading but be on guard
I won't cover in detail what many of the other reviewers have already noted: very interesting work before 1900, done by a military man, emphasis on military history - not primarily... Read more
Published on July 17, 2007 by J. Wan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great military history, if a little dated.
This book is out of date on two fronts. First, if you are interested in a history of the life of Alexander there are many works of modern scholarship from which to choose. Read more
Published on October 16, 2006 by Neutiquam Erro
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic which stands up well
In the last few months a film by Oliver Stone has released based on the life of Alexander of Macedon. Read more
Published on March 14, 2005 by Tom Munro
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best on Alexander The Great
Dodge does an excellant job explaining warfare and tactics of the period. He doesn't focus on the personal peculiariaties of the people involved as do modern books. Read more
Published on March 11, 2002
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