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Alexander the Great at War: His Army - His Battles - His Enemies (General Military) Paperback – Bargain Price, March 22, 2011


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  • Series: General Military
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; Reprint edition (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849084807
  • ASIN: B008W44AMK
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,883,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In a little over a decade, Alexander the Great led a combined Greek and Macedonian army and set out to conquer the known world. This latest entry by Osprey Publishing traces the leader's rise to power, his battlefield exploits, and the forces that opposed him. As with all of Osprey's books, this one is full of detailed drawings, photographs and maps to complement the text." -Military Heritage Magazine (October 2008)

"This book is recommended to the historian and the modeler...Those who do get into the book, will find that it provides all you would ever want to know about one of the key figures of history. It is a book that is well written and historically accurate. A book that I am sure you will enjoy."-Drew Nix, modelingmadness.com (July 2008)


"The richly illustrative and authoritative Alexander the Great at War examines Alexander's campaigns in detail. His victories and the tactics that ensured them are explained and described with the help of maps, illustrations and reconstructions to bring the epic career of one of the world's greatest generals to life."- SirReadaLot.org (June 2008)


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About the Author

Ruth Sheppard studied Ancient and Modern History at St. John's College, Oxford and has an interest in all periods of history. This is the second book she has written for Osprey; the first was Empires Collide: The French and Indian War 1754-63.

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The illustrations are beautiful and the battle maps clear.
Ryan Mease
This book mainly focuses on the military aspects of Alexander's career and that's a good thing: that's what he was best at.
Virtuoso Fan
If you want a sweet beginner & intermediate book on Alexander, THIS is the only one I recommend.
Steve

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Virtuoso Fan on August 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Having now read 40+ books about Alexander, I didn't expect this title to offer anything new or insightful, but I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the scholarship and thoughtful prose contained in this book. I was initially a little disappointed browsing through the book as I was hoping for some new graphics, maps and illustrations that I had not seen before, but I suppose that was wishful thinking. Once I sat down and actually started reading the text, I began to enjoy the contents and writing of Sheppard. She has done a great job of assimilating tons of academia about Alexander's amazingly eventful history and condensing it in a way that is easy to absorb and understand.

The book provides a very thorough background of Alexander's era - both in Greece/Macedonia as well as Persia and western Asia. An understanding of this historical background goes a long way in understanding why Alexander embarked on his unprecedented campaign to conquer the known world and reach the end of the world in the east. The strength of this book is the wealth of detail divulged by Sheppard while remaining clear and lucid and not getting dragged down by high-browed academia. In short, the book is fun to read and you'll learn a lot at the same time.

This book mainly focuses on the military aspects of Alexander's career and that's a good thing: that's what he was best at. He was a good statesman, diplomat, logistician, etc. and he was good and not so good at many other things, but if there is one thing that both pro-Alexander and anti-Alexander schools of thought can agree on, it's his military genius. Alexander's genius is comparable to that of creative and scientific geniuses ranging from Leonardo DaVinci to Isaac Newton and Ludwig van Beethoven to Albert Einstein.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steve on August 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is a combination of various Osprey titles and provides
a solid moderate militaristic view of Alexander, his campaigns, and battles.

If you want a sweet beginner & intermediate book on Alexander, THIS is the
only one I recommend.

If you want a deep tactical & strategic book BUT without a lot of military maps, try:
Alexander by Theodore Ayrault Dodge

I myself am still searching for a map filled book that does what Dodge's book on Alexander says!

Steve
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Randall G. Robles on May 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A Well written history of Alexander and his army and his many battles. Highly recommended for anybody who loves to study military history and one of the greatest leaders of all time
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Lynn on December 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
ALEXANDER THE GREAT AT WAR: HIS ARMY, HIS BATTLES, HIS ENEMIES
RUTH SHEPPARD
OSPREY PUBLISHING, 2008
HARDCOVER, $24.95, 224 PAGES, ILLUSTRATIONS, MAPS, PHOTOGRAPHS, GLOSSARY

In the classical world, Alexander was regarded as the perfect ruler and commander and a role-model for all who followed, consequently, there was no end of the literary studies of his life and times, and we have no less than four classical accounts of him. The earliest of these is from Diodorus Siculus, who wrote his Universal History probably between 25 BC and 21 BC, with Book 17 providing an account of Alexander's reign. Note that Diodorus can be as sensationalist as Herodotus Quintus Curtius Rufus, a senator under Tiberius Caesar, who wrote his History of Alexander during the period between 31 AD and 41 AD, when he fell out of Tiberius' favor. It is tinged with biterness against 'great men'. Plutarch was a Greek essayist , who produced his Lives, a series of paired character studies juxtaposing famous Greeks with famous Romans. His Life Of Alexander in the late 1st Century (paired with Julius Caesar) contains a brief account of the Hydaspes. The fullest and most authoritative account is that of Arrian (Lucius Flavius Arrianus), an experienced Roman general, who served in the Eastern Wars of the Emperor Trajan and than defeated an Alan invasion of Asia Minor in 135 AD. He wrote using memoirs of some of Alexander's officers, which are now lost. Alexander III, better known to history as Alexander the Great, assumed the throne upon his father's Philip II's assassination in 36 BC.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Mease on February 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I can't understand why this is no longer in print. It's such a modern work, and, frankly, its the best piece on Alexander I've reviewed yet. Not only does this short 250-page work provide an excellent, straightforward biography of Alexander, but it supplements this with detailed consideration of his army and his battles. The illustrations are beautiful and the battle maps clear. There is an unseen imagination in this text; Alexander's world at war is livid! Honestly, you should pass by Green, Fox and Cartledge (ok, so I've only read Cartledge). This is a book that's not to be beat.
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