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“Hanson's considerable intellectual skills are on display throughout this work. … The complexities of politics and society are explored brilliantly here, without weighing down the narrative. The characters are by turns sympathetic and cruel, and entirely believable.” ―Deseret News
“Given [Hanson's] notable body of work, it's no wonder that his first fiction effort is rich in authentic detail and narrated with a confident authorial voice. His vigorous narrative not only offers insight into arms and armor, but also into the hearts of the men who bore them.” ―Publishers Weekly
“A worthy historical re-creation: Hanson has high-minded purposes in depicting the triumph of democracy over dictatorship, but there's plenty of exciting swordplay, too.” ―Kirkus
“Like Victor Davis Hanson, I have a fondness for the much-abused ancient Greek Thebans, and I entirely share his glowing admiration for Epaminondas of Thebes, Sparta's nemesis and the supreme philosopher-general of all antiquity. In The End of Sparta, his debut novel, the remarkable classical historian Victor Hanson does full and equal justice to both the arms and the man.” ―P.A. Cartledge, A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture, University of Cambridge
Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a professor of Classics Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, and a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services. His many books include the acclaimed The Father of Us All, A War Like No Other, The Western Way of War, Carnage and Culture, and Ripples of Battle.
Fabulous insights into the Greeks just before Alexander but the conversation never seems to end which was probably the casePublished 6 months ago by Reader7
Just not a flowing narrative. hard to get into the story. and the story is a great story. Sparta, which has been hailed at the be all and end all of warrior class really was not... Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. W. Berry
I'm kind of startled reading the reviews that said that this book was difficult to read because I found a pleasant and enjoyable read. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mike A Loving
Hanson weaves military history into a novel that recreats one of the decisive events in Classical Greece. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rep. Phil English
I enjoyed this book immensely! I've always loved history and good historical novels, and this is as good as it gets. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mike B
Hanson is a great non-fiction writer. This novel is not very good. I realize it is likely to be very good on the details of life in the time of Epaminondas. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Arnhout Zwingley