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Bullheaded Black Remembers Alexander: The Story of Alexander the Great's Invasion of the Middle East Paperback – July 6, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing (July 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412032865
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412032865
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,871,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

First flutist in the Ogden High School ROTC band without ever playing a note. ("The band has to look complete at the football games," Philip Dalby insisted.) Worshipped Thelma Reynolds, who gave me an A in Latin after seeing me weep for failing my high school algebra examinations. For two years I joined those who couldn't get enough of Lucille Chambers, who liberally doused us with Shakespeare, Dostoyevski, W.H. Hudson, Thomas Mann and Tasso. When I was eighteen I burned myself with fuming sulfuric acid in college organic chemistry and dropped out of premed. Lived for two years in New Zealand, on a Mormon mission, sometimes staying with the Maoris on their reservations in remote spots of nowhere--wild green mansions by the sea with names like Punaruku. Majored in English at Brigham Young University and joined the faculty for a decade while studying toward the PhD at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Utah. Taught adult education classes for many years at the McCune mansion in Salt Lake City and taught private classes, popular with civic leaders, on Milton's Paradise Lost. Reluctantly, I gave up teaching in 1972 for a more lucrative career, spending the next twenty years as an officer in the Mortgage Division of First Security Bank of Utah, retiring in 1994 to be with family and friends under the hot, blue skies of Arizona. Inebriated with time, sunshine, freedom and reflections upon world history, I have written two books: Bullheaded Black Remembers Alexander and The Earth Mother's Image, a title inspired by the art work of Judith Phillips. This last novel is still looking for the light of day.



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Very beautiful story telling indeed!!
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I highly recommend this book to anyone who teaches and/or loves the history and the times of Alexander the Great.
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Bullheaded Black is the horse that once belonged to Alexander the Great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
Bucephalus was one of Alexander the Great's war horses. J.L. Taylor has taken the few things we know about Bucephalus and built a story around events that Bucephalus might have witnessed. The story has some weaknesses, but it is creative and imaginative.

We meet Bucephalus shortly after his death in battle. Bucephalus is conversing with Pegasus, a conversation that takes interesting turns as the two creatures compare their knowledge of life and the afterlife. Throughout the conversation Bucephalus, called Bullheaded Black by J.L. Taylor, keeps turning to events surrounding Alexander the Great. Eventually, after about page 50, the story turns to Bucephalus's remembrances of Alexander.

The story pauses quite a while on activities that occurred during Alexander's youth. We meet his teacher, Aristotle, and his best friend Hephaestion. Though the actual period of time covered by this portion of the book is short, it consumes another 31 pages of text. The final 80 pages of the book cover Alexander's exploits in conquering most of what was considered by westerners to be the known world at the time. Included are encounters with the Oracle at Delphi, the Gordian Knot, conquering Egypt, taking Babylon and making it his western capital, his marriage to Roxana, and the invasion of India.

Some portions of Alexander's vision of the world are included. Though Alexander was a brutal and vicious warrior, he practiced religious tolerance and envisioned a world where all countries were states. Alexander thought that all men should be equal, as long as they were working for the same goal; of course, that had to be Alexander's goal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
Bucephalus (Greek: "Ox-Head") was Alexander the Great's warhorse, which accompanied the conqueror from Macedonia to the portals of India.

BULLHEADED BLACK REMEMBERS ALEXANDER is author John Taylor's severely summarized account (74 pages of the volume's 163 pages of text) of Alexander's campaign against Persia and beyond to the Indus River. Taylor's name for Bucephalus is "Bullheaded Black."

On page 1, the reader encounters a winged Bucephalus sitting on a cloud with Pegasus, the winged horse-god of Greek mythology. In the first four chapters, the two get acquainted. While Pegasus maintains that the Greek pantheon of gods is where the action's at, Bucephalus extols the virtues of humans and life on the ground. The two then set off to visit Mt. Olympus, followed by a brief aerial tour of the known world high above the Mediterranean. Retiring for the night, Bucephalus begins telling Pegasus the story of his master, Alexander.

Well before the end of chapter four, it was apparent both from the format and tone of the story that this isn't a work for the adult reader. To appreciate the book, one must revert to age 10 or so. And, I don't mean this as a criticism.

In the subsequent ten chapters, Taylor, through the first-person narration of an anthropomorphized Bucephalus, introduces the reader to the friendship between the young Alexander and Hephaestion, the boys' teacher Aristotle, and the pair's entry as cavalrymen into the army of Alexander's father, Philip.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. E. Thomas on April 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book, "Bullheaded Black Remembers Alexander" was sent to me by the American author, J.L. Taylor, with the view that I would review it following reading. As I have an interest in History and books for children and young adults, having taught children from 4 - 16 years, I was delighted to receive this one.

Bullheaded Black, as the author calls him, was Alexander the Great's horse. Other sources may call him Bucephalus, but whatever the name used, this horse was undoubtedly loved by his master. So much so, that when Bullheaded Black was killed during the war that Alexander waged in India, his master built a splendid tomb for his horse.

The story of Alexander's teenage years and those following are told by Bullheaded Black. He is way above the world, explaining his master's life and ideas to Pegasus, before making his way to Hades. When I first started to read this, I had reservations about the effectiveness of this method of imparting the story, but very quickly was drawn into the book. We learn about the influence of Aristotle on Alexander, about his mother's ideas of his parentage and many more details which made Alexander the amazing man he was. We also read about some of his ideas - "the union of civilized nations, international trade, peace....experiments with democracy" and his support for racial equality and religious harmony within the regions he conquered.

I enjoyed J.L.Taylor's story. It is well written and flowed beautifully. It taught me a lot I had not known about the life and world of Alexander the Great and the provision of an extensive timeline at the end of the book helped to give the facts perspective in world history. I think this would be a very useful book for teachers to use, or for anyone, child or adult, who wishes to find out more about this period of history.
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