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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books (December 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786714298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786714292
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,111,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This pedantic and repetitious study of one of history's greatest military leaders by British military historian Lonsdale adds little to our understanding of his success. Examining Alexander the Great's major military campaigns in order to illustrate his strengths as a commander, Lonsdale points out that Alexander inherited a well-disciplined and powerful army from his father, Philip II, which brought out the best in Alexander's command. Alexander's phalanx, or foot soldiers, for example, were so fierce and well trained that their mere presence caused the enemy to flee at the battle of Pelium, securing victory without a fight, says Lonsdale. From his survey of Alexander's tactics and military strategies, Lonsdale concludes that the Greek leader's genius can be attributed to his intellectual ability, moral courage, determination, balanced temperament and understanding of humanity. But Lonsdale's tedious, academic prose ("This study has analyzed") and focus on strategy over narrative make this tough slogging even for the military history enthusiast. Map.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TheNelsonTouch on January 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As someone who teaches history at the college/university level, I frequently read history books with an eye to using them (or not) in the courses I teach. While some reviews have claimed that this book is "pedantic" or "adds nothing new to our understanding of Alexander," such reviews, I think, are largely unfair.
So much has been written on Alexander that one might question whether much really new material about him can emerge in any book. As for the book being "pedantic," that is also largely, in my view, a baseless charge as this book is actually quite effective for what it is.
What is that? This book, in short, is a brief, easily accessible (and understood for the non-specialist reader) account of Alexander and his battles and campaigns. As such, it works quite well as a supplementary work in World civilizations courses or even in upper level military history courses.
I recommend this work for anyone seeking an introductory understanding of Alexander the Great and his battles.
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By William S. Jones on January 26, 2015
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Hannes Pramer on January 4, 2012
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Book + handling is good, just the german homepage of AMAZON is really AWFUL! My search got me 2000 or more books, but You have no possibility to narrow Your searches! UNBELIEVABLE is the shipping cost, too: Amazon just shows You the shipping for her country, NOT for the European country the buyer live in. We live in 2012!!! It is unbelievable and AWFUL: AMAZON let You know the real shipping cost when Your order is already DONE!!!!!
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on March 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The general story of Alexander is well known. After taking over from his dead father at the age of sixteen he gained control of first the rest of Greece, they he defeated the Persian empire on his way to Northern India.

The author is Lecturer in Strategic Studies at the University of Reading, England. He brings an insight to Alexander's battles that is lacking in similar reports from other writers. He is able to look at Alexanders contributions to combined arms operations, to the effective use of non-Greek forces, the use of a navy when required.

During the twelve years Alexander campaigned he fought a wide variety of enemies from fortified cities, calvary, various kinds of infantry with varying combat styles. Alexander was successful against them all. What made him the most successful general of all time?
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