I don't understand why history writers always have to use weird syntax, overly flowery vocabulary and awkward grammar.
The story is well-woven and the style is the usual, engaging journalistic Tom Holland style: easy to read, very accessible, occasionally witty and very entertaining.
In "Persian Fire," Tom Holland does a remarkable job of telling the story of the conflict between the Greeks and the Persian Empire.
Awesome book. I wanted a book on the subject that didn't read like a text book. This book is interesting and hard to put down! I would definitely recommend it. Read morePublished 11 days ago by ssb
Holland writes a fast moving informative story of the rise of the Persian Empire and it clash with the Greeks. Good detail without getting geeky. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Garry Moore
I love reading history and was looking forward to this account of the Persian empire. Whatever this book is, it isn't history. Read morePublished 22 days ago by M. Connors
Very readable.good index and list of sources and notes. Recommend it to interested non-academics.
I will get others by him.
A disappointing work. The paperback version describes Mr Holland as a historian and translator. This volume lacks scholarship, is biased and inaccurate. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Nasrolah
I'll keep this very brief. I bought this book hoping to find some insight into both the Greek states and the Persian Empire, not just the wars. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Shawn
Nothing short of FABULOUS!! READ -IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... tpPublished 1 month ago by Terence E Patterson
Interesting book about the ancient world ,the Greek and Persian Wars, Thermopylae, etc. I would have given this five stars had I been more familiar with Ancient Greece and the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bryn C. Dunham
Absolutely loved the book. You feel as if you get a good pulse on the fears and concerns of the day from every side. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alex Jr.