Even before Alexander’s death, in 323 BCE, his legend had accelerated, aided considerably by his highly effective skills of self-promotion. Classics professor Freeman has written a compact biography that avoids the pitfalls of romanticizing or understanding the personality of Alexander. It is a well-written, chronological narrative that allows Alexander’s remarkable career and achievements to speak for themselves. Freeman doesn’t ignore the thuggish aspects of Alexander’s efforts, but he does correctly place them within the context of the rather nasty world of both Macedonian and Asian political and military struggles. He also pays ample tribute to Alexander’s father, Philip, whose diplomatic and military skills molded the disparate hill tribes of Macedonia into the dominant power in Greece. Justifiably, it is Alexander’s conquest of the Persian Empire and northern India that forms the bulk of the story and reveals his true genius, including his leadership, expertise in siege warfare, and ability to hold together what evolved into a huge, diverse army. General readers will appreciate this fine account of a man truly deserving of the title Great. --Jay Freeman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Mr. Freeman’s ambition, he tells us in his introduction, was ‘to write a biography of Alexander that is first and foremost a story.’ It is one he splendidly fulfills.”
—Tom Holland, The Wall Street Journal
"A well-written, chronological narrative that allows Alexander’s remarkable career and achievements to speak for themselves. . . . Readers will appreciate this fine account of a man truly deserving of the title 'Great.'"
"Fast-paced and dramatic, much like Alexander himself, this is a splendid introduction into one of the most dramatic true stories of history."
—Adrian Goldsworthy, author of Antony and Cleopatra
“Lean, learned, and marked by good judgment on every page, Alexander the Great is also a roaring good yarn. Philip Freeman has the eye of someone who has walked in Alexander’s footsteps, and he writes with grace and wisdom.”
—Barry Strauss, author of The Spartacus War and professor of history, Cornell University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Great book that clarifies a lot. I hate Hollywood for trying to tell this story and doing it so badly. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
One of the top 3 history books I have ever read! It reads like a thriller: I couldn't put it down! Only Kafka's "Metamorphoses" and "Spaniards in the Holocaust", by... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Enrique
What a great read. I couldn't put the book down. Freeman writes as though he was there. Highly recommend.Published 2 months ago by dale collins
Very readable, too many minor cities, could be shorter with more personal content.Published 2 months ago by rsc4810
My only criticism is that the author does not include enough maps (one of Greece and one of Alexander's empire), and forgoes the use of battle diagrams. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Doyle
For those who want just the right amount of historic detail without going so far as to be a scholar, this is the perfect fit.Published 4 months ago by Harold Sylvest
Well written, in a readable but fact-filled style. Brings the characters to life and highlights background and motivations.Well researched and documented. Definitely worth a readPublished 4 months ago by david lober
Mr. Freeman has done what other history authors strive to do by create an exciting read while imparting all the who, what, where, when and why's that make reading history so... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer