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Pyrrhus Makers of History [Kindle Edition]

Jacob Abbott
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  • Print Length: 153 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082VI5TM
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Imagine a land where the king is absolute ruler but also a painfully incompetent administrator of his realm. And now imagine this same king is the most brilliant military general ever to live- he can attack other nations at will, crush their defenses and plunder their cities. None can stand against him.

And yet, after he conquers another nation he quickly loses interest in governing it. The result is that his grip on what he has just taken over rapidly crumbles. So this mighty general-incompetent king always reacts in the same way: He just seeks out another land to conquer ... and the next ... and the next ... always staying a step ahead of the last conquest-turned-debacle he leaves behind.

This is amazing and frustrating story of Pyrrhus, second cousin to Alexander the Great. Pyrrhus was King of Epirus and, for a time, Macedon. He was the man the great general Hannibal himself named as "the greatest commander the world had ever seen."

To gain a true understanding of Pyrrhus, the reader must patiently take in a great deal of context and understand the complex relationships of the ancient world of circa 300 B.C. It was an era of tribal states, where nations of Greek-speaking peoples dominated the world, and when Rome was still a developing power. The glory of Egypt and other Middle East empires, although still significant, had long since diminished from their heights.

Alexander the Great conquered the known world between 336 B.C. and 323 B.C., but as soon as the great man died, an immediate power vacuum gaped. Alexander's many generals began vying against each other to ascend to the throne of the empire they had just helped carve out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History Beautifully Written April 21, 2013
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This is part of an exceptional series of biographies from the wonderful school of historians of the mid-nineteenth century, in this case by the brothers John and Jacob Abbott. I hope that I will be forgiven for posting this review at various titles I have read.

I would like to quote Abraham Lincoln's letter to the brothers, for it is incredibly powerful.

"I want to thank you and your brother for Abbott's series of Histories. I have not education enough to appreciate the profound works of voluminous historians, and if I had, I have no time to read them. But your series of Histories gives me, in brief compass, just that knowledge of past men and events which I need. I have read them with the greatest interest. To them I am indebted for about all the historical knowledge I have."

Some may be put-off by the oftentimes long background stories, which can get somewhat tangential to the subject. Jacob especially seems prone to this. However, I find the Abbott's bios fascinating even when they get carried away and wander a bit too far from home. As a true history lover, it is hard to loose me.

As for judgments and opinions, yes, the Brother's Abbott give them freely and without reservation. While some will no doubt consider their views dated, please keep in mind that these books were written practically two centuries ago, when people thought very differently. In most cases, however, I find their ideas to be timeless, and in this sense, quite refreshing. If only today's historians could write so passionately and sensitively.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Solid read April 21, 2013
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Solid book nothing great but an easy read. More details would have been better but a quick and easy read
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